Egyptian-German band Naheli releases ‘Chemistry & Reevaluation’ double album

Ahram Online , Wednesday 20 Oct 2021

The Egyptian-German band Naheli – with Egyptian singer Lina on vocals and piano and German musician Till on drums and electronics – released their double album ‘Chemistry & Reevaluation’ earlier this week.


The 12-track album is available on all streaming platforms, with YouTube providing some visuals to the songs.

From Symbiotic, I'll Be Ok, Reign, Stay, all the way to final tracks Dancing on the Ice, Reevaluation and the final Review, the album is an immersive journey through the rock-inspired repertoire of Naheli, previously known as Kassieopeia, who released an album and live EP in 2015 and 2018.

"We started as a progressive rock band and now we have developed into a popish direction. But we still have songs that have a very progressive vibe and I was wondering how to combine both sides," says Lina, the lead singer. 

This is especially evident in songs such as Chemistry, characterised by a rounded pop sound, or Reevaluation, which is marked by a more progressive sound.

"At first, I was sceptical," Lina comments. "I realised, however, that the two sides of the album represent two sides of the same coin, and some songs complement each other and have small parts from the other side. Like for example Symbiotic, the main single of the album. It talks about feeling co-dependent to your inner demons, but at the same time, it is a thought process, the question of how or whether to get out of this."

Since reforming as Naheli, the band has released several singles including 2019’s Empire. 

Musically, they cover a wide range of influences including European and Egyptian pop, soul and progressive pop. 

Lina was born in Germany to Egyptian parents and spends most summers in Cairo, where she studied medicine before making her career in music. 

Naheli plans to play several live stream shows and events in November to support the new album Chemistry & Reevaluation.

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