With the release of Ya Nuss last year, singer/songwriter Yasmine Hamdan received quite a bit of attention across the blogosphere for a sound that meshes atmospheric electronica and pop, with traditional Lebanese and Middle Eastern folk music. Much of her work is eerily and hauntingly spectral, unconventionally gorgeous and profoundly timeless. Her latest single, “Hal” which appears in the soundtrack for Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive is a hushed, heart aching lament over the unbearable absence of a lover.
As you’ll hear in the official video, the song is a sparsely arranged song comprised of atmospheric and droning guitar and swirling electronics paired with Hamden’s gorgeously expressive vocals. Although she’s singing in Arabic, her vocals express ache, urgent desire and a quiet, restrained strength in a way that’s just haunting – and it manages to be both deeply personal and sweepingly cinematic.