The brash, alluring, genre-bending voice of Syria-born, NYC-soaked Boshra Saadi is rekindled — a flash over the February tundra — on the mesmerizing new single “Snowyman“. A wild masala of urgent, dark vocals whipped around fiercely tribal beats, the dizzying track comes straight from the intersection of New Wave and post-punk (or maybe nowhere near that, perhaps it’s spinning wildly on a corner of the dance floor all its own). Either way, it’s innovation, with a seductive mystical-lyrical overtone.
That Saadi’s musical history reads like something out of a V.S. Naipaul novel is incidental. As the (entirely true) legend goes, Boshra al Saadi was born in Syria, sojourned in suburban Pennsylvania for a spin in Catholic school, ventured to NYC’s Greenwich Village in her late teens with folksinger dreams, and cut her teeth as co-frontwoman for indie rock band Looker, before setting out on her own. It’s an enchanting backstory no doubt, but it merely hints at the edges of the spirit of the songstress.