Ali Aslam is a Pakistani-American artist, based in New York City, who has debuted his first full-length LP on Friday, October 30. The Last American is an acoustic collage of stories about growing up straddling the Pakistani culture of his family and the American culture of his peers. Any child of an immigrant (or anyone who’s ever felt they don’t quite belong for any reason) will relate.
Aslam’s music explores the complex, sometimes contradictory facets of his identity with a curious introspection, the private musings of a person who has spent considerable time alone on the fringes. Ali Aslam calls his signature sound “supersonic folk” — not the booming singalongs of past genre giants like Mumford and Sons or Fleet Foxes, but rather a current and forward-thinking creation that incorporates diverse sonic elements and reaches across cultures, more like Big Thief or Phoebe Bridgers.