The Long Goodbye is the new album from Riz Ahmed. Its 9 tracks were recorded in London, and are a bracingly emotional exploration of identity and belonging through the distinctive, culturally hybrid sound that he and Redinho forged on their critically acclaimed collaboration as part of Swet Shop Boys. The album places a personal lens on the divided times we live in, examining the rise of homeland alienation that so many of us feel, through the metaphor of a romantic breakup.
Over the span of the album, Ahmed lays out this bold, emotional take on our political reality. The noise and chaos of the world right now is filtered through his stubbornly inventive, searching, and emotionally rooted vision - capturing our attention through feeling, rather than hurling lyrical soundbites in an endless debate. He lays out a warning about our world, and a roadmap to overcoming the heartbreak and rejection of hateful times through self-knowledge, and self love. These songs are the end result.
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