Album Review: Karima Walker’s Hands in Our Names

Hands in Our Names by Karima Walker

The quilt is one of the most vibrant and American art forms there is. Quilts are not just blankets, they are woven histories: physical patchworks of memories stitched finger after finger, passed down hand-to-hand through generations of personal and family vulnerability. To call Arizona artist Karima Walker’s latest album a sonic quilt is to allude to it’s two most brilliant qualities. The more obvious: the album’s ability to stitch together sounds from multiple contrasting sources into a stunning picturecloth. The less-so: the album’s undeniable and unshakable roots that spread tendrils deep into American culture in order to craft a stark, yet bountiful folk artwork.

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