Habibi Celebrate Cardamom Garden Release, At National Sawdust, 3/12

Habibi have released their first EP in four years, Cardamom Garden, to global press acclaim on March 2nd. They have now announced a release show at National Sawdust on March 12th.



The band’s newest EP, Cardamom Garden, houses lyrics that move seamlessly between English and Farsi.

– NPR Weekend Edition

Cardamom has the rare ability to transcend culinary classification, adding a rounded depth to savory curries and roasts while also floating to the forefront of sugary desserts. The Brooklyn-based quintet Habibi’s new EP has a similar malleability: It’s full of music that blends cultures, languages, and genres, with charming and intriguing results, (…) shedding rigid definitions of what constitutes American music on the way to the band’s future.

– Pitchfork (6.8/10)

The group combines the Colgate-white glisten of sixties-girl-group pop with an uncensored edge; its songs are soft but savvy, preened for high-profile movie soundtracks and sitcoms.

– The New Yorker


– Billboard

Habibi might have formed in New York, but the band’s roots are in Detroit — in more ways than one. Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch both from the Motor City, but the influence of Detroit’s middle eastern community and its history of girl group garage rock can be heard loud and clear in their music.

– NPR’s The Guestlist

Like the self-titled effort that precedes it, this three-track EP is full of charged-up garage rhythms and infectious hooks. But here, they interact with elements of Middle Eastern psych. The results are unexpected, exciting, and, as always, catchy as hell.

– i-D Magazine

“There’s a million bands from Brooklyn—but only one that blends psych-rock riffs with girl group harmonies in lead singer Rahill Jamalifard’s native tongue, Farsi. Back with a third EP this March, Habibi is more polished than ever and focused on using their music to make a radical point.”

– Interview Magazine

“In the simplest words: Habibi knows how to write songs that stick.“ Lenny Letter

“Habibi is taking NYC by storm

– Milk.xyz

From their brief, Arabic-tinged instrumental intro through a mix of Breeders jangle, Ventures stomp and Farsi funk, they’re developing an intriguing, distinctive sound.

– New York Music Daily

They’re not your average New York girl band (…) – think The 13th Floor Elevators meets The Shangri-Las.

– Oyster Magazine

Habibi offer a refined take on indie pop, creating a rich product, something poignant and uplifting in its celebratory blend.

– Post-Trash

“There are a lot of groups these days that are drawing from the garage-rock and ’60s psychedelic-pop well, but Habibi transform these influences into something much more powerfully engrossing and strange on their recent EP.”

– LA Weekly

Something that keeps me up at night is how many nice things we might have if the large majority of the world’s non-male, non-white people had not been silenced throughout most of history. (…) Nedayeh Bahar, which translates to “Song For Spring” in Farsi, reminds me to honor the voices I never got to hear, and celebrate and amplify the ones emerging today.”

– Hullabaloo

Agreed, their tunes hypnotise you into believing time is but an illusion, and ten minutes of music easily become ten seconds — just like when you’re spending time with someone you love and mundane concepts such as hours become irrelevant and elastic.

– The 405

Cultural identity is always a powerful force in any creative endeavor, and for Habibi, that energy is ready to explode.”

– What Youth