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ARTIST
TITLE
Mullah Said
FORMAT
2LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
ARCHIVE 048LP ARCHIVE 048LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/1/2017

First vinyl edition; originally released on CD in 1998. Those not familiar with Bryn Jones's style will listen slack-jawed at the shear anticipatory nature of his sound collage. The six lengthy tracks on Mullah Said are based on hypnotic and somewhat menacing grooves: a repetitive dub bass beat, waves of Middle Eastern strings and voices, layers of building hand percussion. Each track is a respective, but the washes of sound/percussion come and go often creating a sense of motion and change. All of the tracks are similar and even share elements. Mid-East tension is so accurately captured through the use of the regions instrumentation (especially percussion), sinister electronics, samples of men chanting, women crying, sounds culled from the horrors of war, and occasional angry distortion that the listener's listener will be transported to the belly of the beast. Mullah Said displays two aspects of the work of Muslimgauze. Firstly, musically, it is in the delightful drifting ambient vein. The percussion is mainly acoustic hand drums -- providing a rhythm of aural features -- the trademark shimmering string sound heard on a number of releases is much in evidence, rhythms are generally slower, there are lots of samples of people speaking in conversation, markets wherever. "Mullah Said" opens the disc with the lovely mix of these sounds. "Every Grain Of Palestine Sand" continues the mood, with a slightly faster tempo, and more emphasis on the beat. But it soon locks into a mesmeric lassitude as various effects echo or smear the sounds, drums come in for short moments, and different string sounds join the play. "Muslims Die India" follows the mood though the voices seem darker and sadder. And then comes "Every Grain Of Palestinian Sand" followed by "Muslims Die India". Yes -- not a typo, these tracks are repeated. Muslimgauze's trend is to remix himself. Prime Muslimgauze Middle Eastern ambience -- if you like that side you will love this album. The final track is short and different, a crackling ground over which a singer chants a song interrupted by machine-gun percussive bursts -- "An End". Recorded at the Abraham Mosque, Manchester; Engineered by John Delf. Edition of 500.