The resulting ‘The Salted Air’ is a haunting and atmospheric collection of poetic meditations on loss and transformation. Khouri’s singular voice soars above droning organ, pulsating shakers, and an occasional choir of male voices, creating a self-contained world, reminiscent of Stina Nordenstam & Mazzy Star. Pumping harmoniums meld into reverb-drenched electric guitar, while Khouri’s languid voice offers a dream-like incantation set against a beating Moroccan tar on ‘Broken Star’. The album also features guest contributions from J. Allen, drummer Jean-Marc Butty (Mick Harvey, The Raincoats) Irish singer-songwriter Adrian Crowley, violinist Emma Smith (James Yorkston, Seamus Fogarty) and more.
Released independently in February 2017, the album cemented Khouri’s one-to-watch status, was hailed by MOJO as "A thing of dark possessed beauty” in their four-star album review, celebrated by Q (Feb 2017 Critics Choice) and selected as one of Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year.