It was only a short while ago that I discovered Hanni El Khatib after everyone else already knew what was up. I described his sound as raw, real rock ‘n roll. You know, that kind we all claim to love and then we go put on some sunshine soaked pop track. My point was that we are as responsible for the dearth of amazing artists like Hanni El Khatib (or The Black Keys, whose own Dan Auerbach produced this track and the album) and their ilk as anyone is. If we showed these artists a little more love, we’d have a little more grit in our lives.
I said all that, I did. Now Hanni El Khatib has turned my grandstanding into a small bit of irony with the release of “Penny”. It’s…summer soaked pop rock and I’ll be damned if I don’t absolutely love it. I’m the biggest hypocrite ever. I honestly would not have even assumed Hanni El Khatib + his band had this kind of track in them. Granted my sample size from the group is small…only three tracks, this being the fourth, but still – it’s not something I saw coming.
“Penny” is romantic sounding, maybe even romantically intended, and it’s sound is undeniable. If you’re a fan of bubblegum pop and indie rock making gorgeous sound babies together, you’ll love this track to a startling degree.
Kudos has to be given to Hanni El Khatib and whoever does their album artwork for these singles, as well. This penny cover is awesome. I’d love to have some vinyl with that on it.
Also attached below is a video from SXSW recorded for Converse Rubber Tracks Austin. It’s a live performance of “Family” by Hanni El Khatib. Enjoy.