Tasneem
“All Your Cousins”

by Laura Stanley

November 25, 2019

Katy Pritchett

On “All Your Cousins,” the opening alt-pop track of Tasneem’s latest EP Just Before the World Ends, Tasneem channels the many voices of a revolution. Grounded by the song’s steady guitar rhythm, Tasneem croons, raps, and spits and when all of these voices are depleted, the coos of a saxophone provides another rallying cry. In a particularly powerful moment near the beginning of the song, Tasneem warps their voice to be a group of folks crying: “me too.”  

Amongst the protest signs, the fortifying cheers, and collective energy of the song’s revolution, Tasneem returns to one line: “I wish that you were here.” Although this lyric is repeated a number of times, it never loses strength and, in turn, is a source of strength and a reminder of why we fight: for love.

“All Your Cousins” is a love song for our troubled times.

Laura Stanley

Contributor at DOMINIONATED
Laura is a freelance writer from Toronto. She was an editor of the now-defunct Canadian music blog Grayowl Point and is currently the folk & country editor of Exclaim! Magazine. She has a lot of feelings.
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