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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
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