Named after the bustling city in the center of the Sahel desert, Sarh is an unlikely duo made up of DJ Pone, a hip hop DJ best known for his role in the collective Birdy Nam Nam and recent solo venture with Ed Banger Records, and Jose Reis Fontao, the guitarist and vocalist of rock band Stuck in the Sound.
It s a work that came to life over several months of train journeys between Madrid and Barcelona and of songs recorded at 2am in an apartment kitchen. Sarh is a partnership who continue to be enriched by the ideas of the other. It is a project that offers them the luxury of variation from their norm in Birdy Nam Nam and Stuck in the Sound. The unexpected result is that Sarh is not hip hop or rock, but a seductive wave of electro pop. It is reminiscent of Dead Can Dance, John Carpenter and Dario Argento, who fascinated both Jose and DJ Pone as adolescents. It is both fantastical and surreal, but by no means quiet.