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Muslimgauze

Hussein Mahmood Jeeb Tehar Gass

Soleilmoon

This is my first listen to Muslimgauze, although I've been aware of and curious about their sound for a while. Muslimgauze seem to have a release in every experimental music catalog I have ever perused, and the descriptions have always intrigued me. This record makes me feel like a fool for not having picked something up by them sooner. Circular rhythms serve as a bed for a variety of Middle Eastern-based sounds, woven with care. The music is very hypnotic and trance-inducing, repetitive but adding and removing just the right elements at just the right times in order to keep it interesting. Very cool. And tragic -- the man behind Muslimgauze recently succumbed to a rare blood illness. He has left a substantial back catalog to seek out, though. I hope they are all as good as this one.

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