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MUSLIMGAUZE - 'CITADEL'

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  • AKT19 - 2xLPs
    0710473185752
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INSTOCK AND SHIPPING “Citadel” is the fourth album release on EXTREME by this enigmatic Manchester-based group. For over 10 years, Muslimgauze have defined their style as a Western re-contextualisation of traditional Middle Eastern music enhanced by technology to form a post-modern mix of music, politics and culture. Muslimgauze construct the music through ethnic instruments that are a frame for dark and sometimes foreboding aural tapestries that capture the essence and mood of the music of the Middle East and the plight of the Palestinian people. “Citadel” is an album of exotic Arabic textures where traditional instruments intermesh with technology, found sounds and voices meld with drones and synthesizers. The album uses both eastern and western rhythmic patterns embedded in layers of shifting soundscapes. The title track “Citadel” with incessant tablas piercing through swirling cymbals and a haunting melody. “Dharam Hinduja”, where staccato percussion moves to fill the space between pulsing inverted samples, and “Opel” with drones building only to be overpowered by machine-gun rhythms. “Masawi Wife & Child” has a subdued rhythmic undercurrent while “Infidel” stands out with its strident percussion fusing with a myriad of sounds. “Shouf Balek” incorporates traditional strings that interplay with rhythm and voice, and “Beit Nuba” with mesmerizing chants weaving between a persistent drum beat. It all draws to a close with “Ferdowsi” where percussive improvisations rise and fall through a minimal soundscape. Muslimgauze produce a raga music for the technological post-cyber age. Shifting cultures out of ancient history into the current day, transcending those traditional forms. “Citadel” has a voice of what is now and perhaps what is to come. In these troubled political times, peace through people being unified in harmony whilst maintaining their own strength and cultural identity is a vision to strive towards. – from the original Extreme press-release The original tracks were perfectly remastered for this first time ever vinyl release and the new masters received high praise from the Extreme Music owner Roger Richards. New sleeve designs were created by Oleg Galay, who is famous for his artworks for many Muslimgauze reissues. All 4 album covers are made from extra heavy cardboard with deluxe spot UV finish and inside print.

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