The L.A.-based singer-songwriter Ariana Delawari's been fairly quiet since her 2009 full-length "Lion of Panjshir" (though her family's role in contemporary Afghan politics remains fascinating and turbulent). But the album and its long journey to completion is still yielding new material for her. Here, she premieres a lush new track, "Tree Hymn," that she began in the sessions for "Panjshir" but only recently finished with some local collaborators Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Nino. Her vision for sprawling, droning folk accented with Central Asian percussion gets her most full-realized production yet on it.
She also made her directorial debut recently with a striking video for "Panjshir's" centerpiece, the single "Be Gone Taliban," and is close to finishing her documentary film on a