Album Review

Group Doueh – “Guitar Music From The Western Sahara ” – [Sublime Frequencies]

Thurston Hunger   1/18/2007   12-inch, International

The liner notes by Hisham Mayet in this glorious gatefold release capture
the double feeling of discovery that is the pulsing essence of KFJC.
First he hears something in a hotel room, tapes it and spends great
effort trying to track it down, after that odyssey seems nearly futile,
the gods of coincidence smile upon him and he winds up in the living
room of the musician. Amazing… Doueh, aka Baamar Salmou, has founded
this group as a family affair, entwined about the hither-slither of
his guitar. It’s a whole-different lightning-in-a-bottle sound, quick
picked by bare fingers with gnawa propulsion, Junior Kimbrough sizzle,
ethiopian hypnosis, Electric grit that sticks to your ears, over fine
galloping beats to get your knees buzzing too. Chanting and wailed
vocals add to the incantation, but just listen to the cluster sputter
of “Fagu”, that’s a pretty swirling vortex. Crash phase style. Other
pieces feature a more fluid approach, in the photos we see Doueh with
almost a different guitar in every shot. Some of the tracks have the
vox squelched, like they are stuffed under the seat of a jeep getting
smuggled past a checkpoint. It adds to the intimate immediacy on
those numbers (A1, A2 and B3). A release that looks and sounds
fantastic, viva vinyl!

-Thurston Hunger

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