A Singles Stay: Gulf Weekly Online


By Naman Arora

Bahraini bards The Relocators take their fans and listeners on a singles journey, as they prepare for the release of their third EP, starting with Reasons.

In the upcoming Reasons, the three-person group have a relaxed, nonchalant and serene attitude towards the end of the world – an attitude they will continue throughout the EP.

“It’s a fun, funky song that demonstrates an attitude of being in an end-of-the-world storyline without feeling any attachment to the narrative, as we never played a part in that particular ‘movie’ so to speak,” 35-year-old Bahraini Faisal Amin, who sings and plays guitar in the band, said GulfWeekly.

Ali Alqaseer, 29, on drums and percussion, alongside Romeriko ‘Jojo’ Canlas, 43, on bass completes the band’s core trio.

In the four-minute ditty, Reasons, the band hums: “That’s it, we feel good / There’s nothing about you or me / As the sky is falling / I have reason to remember you / Never a part of what’s been playing / What the ending has to do with you and me / It’s okay to feel good / Because we made a damn good choice / It’s good to feel good / We have never been in the noise.

If the first single is any indication of the songs to come, it’s a much more funky sound than the band’s previous EP, Part of Me, released in 2019.

Reasons is also a natural progression from Part of Me, which featured a blend of motifs ranging from nature to spirituality with an underlying message of focusing on the big picture and finding the connection between one’s internal worlds and external.

“This EP comes from a grounded and detached attitude, but not listless,” Faisal explained. “We do what we can, pay our dues and relax. “

Annie Kennaugh, who supported the group on Part of Me, joins them for Reasons, alongside Maraam Abdulaal for backing vocals.

Sarah Redha, known on Instagram as The Monkey Grip, will also provide visuals for this album, continuing a long-standing partnership. Abdulla Jamal will record, mix and co-produce the songs.

The band plan to release singles every six weeks or so and are changing things this time around with more improvisation in the studio.

They approach the still unnamed EP, in general, with a more deliberate “decisions on the fly” approach, while keeping the theme introspective and reflective.

The group was due to embark on a tour through the GCC after the release of Part of Me, but the Covid-19 pandemic ended those plans.

“We haven’t done any shows since the Part of Me EP launched in February of last year, but it really gave us time to focus on the backend,” Faisal said.

“We have worked on the structure of our operation, clarified where we are and where we plan to go. We’ve also worked hard to evolve our musicality and live performances, bringing together a whole bunch of ideas that will eventually come to fruition.

“In our personal lives there are things we do with a lot of passion, like supporting tree planting across the country, education and charity. We’ve kind of shied away from putting a lot of it in front of the audience through our group because we don’t want to use these things as marketing tools.

“But we are very convinced that we are not doing these things for personal / material gain and we are now planning to involve our supporters and our public more with this side of us and get them to join us.”

For more details, follow @therelocators on Instagram.

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