Daqa’iq Tudaiq by Jerusalem in my Heart.
Bandcamp Link: Daqa’iq Tudaiq
I mostly know Jerusalem in my Heart because they are on the excellent Canadian label, Constellation Records, whose releases I follow slavishly.
Jerusalem in my Heart is a duo, one of whom is a visual/projection artist, so judging them solely on audio evidence is giving them short shrift.
According to the liner notes, the first 4 songs on this album are, “an arrangement of the popular Egyptian classic “Ya Garat Al Wadi” by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab.”
As a modern song cycle combining electronic and organic instruments, it is quite enjoyable.
The last 4 songs are solo for instruments and electronics and are more eclectic in their production treatments and often a bit noisy.
If I can borrow another quote from the liner notes, I believe they express the sentiment of the music here.
“Love in a time of politics, politics in a world conspiring against love, and the specificity of Arab diasporic experience in our brutish 21st century.”
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