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Badawi – “Safe ” – [Asphodel]

“Cyborg Acoustics” really elevated my appreciation of Mesinai.
Early on, he electro-guided scorching desert winds whipping
a beat across a territory with Muslimgauze at its borders.
His compositional skills were sort of lost in the sandsturm
and klang-clinging rhythms. Here he picks an ace squadron
of flyers, led by Mark Feldman *and* Eyvind Klang, dual pit
violin vipers. The true point-guard of NY (& beyond) Marc Ribot
surfs and serves along the crests of the sound. Cellist Jane
Scarpantoni can make lizards scurry no matter the environs,
tubist (it’s a word now, dammit) Marcus Rojas has the heat of
passion from Spanish Fly. Really a remarkable line-up, and
although I’ve never heard of Shahzad Ismaily before, he is the
critical ally for Mesinai. Together they keep this sort of
odd chamber group driven, this album has a fantastic, oft
relentless energy. There is a pause at an oasis of “Sound on
its Eccoing” and the title “Safe” leaves out churning tabla
and synth-slither beats. But the bookends COOK on this album,
with dark minor majestic melodies. The title is an interesting
choice, while on one level I do think this music never travels
with the sonic assasins that can kill listeners as quick as
please others, the sound and heat are too authentic here to not
feel adrenal rush, and admire a very cohesive delirium between
all djinns, digital and traditional. -Thurston J. Hookah

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 11, 2006 at 9:22 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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