One of the first albums that I wrote about on this blog was Moonlight by Hanni El Khatib and what I said then still rings true:
Do you like the sound of the White Stripes, Black Keys, and Royal Blood, but wish there was a more obscure artist so you could impress your music snob friends? Hanni El Khatib is the answer.
Savage Times lives up to that description and so much more. Parts of this record sound like demos destined for The White Stripes or The Black Keys and then other parts are hard to describe. Savage Times features an array of sounds that all blossom out of those gritty distorted garage guitars into many different styles.
Hanni El Khatib seems most comfortable with a heavily distorted microphone, a whammy pedal, and a fuzz box. However, Savage Times ventures into Quincy Jones-esque funky disco-pop, punk, 60s psychedelic rock, and political folk rock.
This is a fun set to put on the turntable because of how well it meanders from sound to sound. Savage Times will keep your constant attention even in its lulls. The extra added bonus is the badass use of a Hammond organ throughout this record.