Nadah El Shazly
an otherworldly record, this blends elements of avant jazz with imposing electronic manipulations to create an unsettling, but majestic, experience.
Opening with the mangled & filtered vocals of the album’s lead track ‘Afqid Adh-Dhakira’ (I Lose Memory) like an alien dream, the drones of a bowed double bass lead us into a drum groove that lays the groundwork for her sultry & captivating presence. Her Arabic prose lingers over interjections of slap-back delayed guitar twangs & an avant-garde arrangement of dissonant winds, horns & seemingly random drum fills, ending with an eerie soundscape that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Giallo classic. her haunting vocal floats over broken Kalimba & Harp arpeggios which slowly intertwine with a free, bowed double bass improv to nestle within the breaks. For fans of umfang, emel, laurel halo, jlin, mary ocher, or Karen gwyer, to name a few.
- Afqid Adh-Dhakira (I Lose Memory)
- Barzakh (Limen)
- Ana 'Ishiqt (I Once Loved)
- Mahmiya (Protectorate)