Gun Aramaic Part 2

release date: February 19, 1995

Following on the heels of January's release of Gun Aramaic (Soleilmoon SOL 27 CD) comes the limited edition companion CD Gun Aramaic Part 2. This CD is limited to 2000 hand-numbered copies. The artwork and design on Part 2 is different from but still complementary to that of the first release. If you don't know about Muslimgauze by now please see your nearest record store for relief.

Press release from Soleilmoon.

The following appears at Amazon.com.

Put Your weapons in an unreachable space.

Buy this CD, dim the lights, and begin listening. The first track should convince you this is not easy-listening. Calm moments on this CD are rare (though sublime when they do come about), and the intensity of these tracks just might inspire suicide bombings. But if millions of Palestinians can live with disposition, apartheid and the theft and demolition of their property, then surely you can subject you ears to some outstanding audio violence.

A music fan (October 6, 1998)
Amazon.com

The following appears in All Music Guide.

In title and general design meant to be the sequel to the first Gun, Part 2 turns out to be a slightly different beast in the end, one which in the end turns out to be rather more interesting than the original album. The one-two opening punch of the first "Sikh Needle" and "Shia Psalm" provides yet another fantastic start to a Muslimgauze release, the first track being based around an extremely atypical noise/rhythm collage mixed with sudden percussion and sample interjections, while the second begins with a similar wash of noise and conversation before breaking into a great hip-hop loop, distorted, tweaked and overlaid with other beats as it goes. This in turn settles in a barely-there midsection, with buried notes and beats gently rising out of nowhere, before returning to the original elements of the song, which then is further mixed with more expected Muslimgauze elements (acoustic percussion, moody keyboards) to create a masterful ending. Going from there into the crisp, minimal cymbal beat that starts the second "Sikh Needle," Part 2 surges from strength to strength, increasingly exploring break-beats as a newer weapon in Bryn Jones' particular sonic arsenal, while also further refining his basic sonic approach. The attractive shimmer of metallic chiming mixed with a similarly metronomic beat and a series of interwoven vocal samples on the first "Sharia Limb," not to mention unexpected jolts of noise and harsh, relentless beats and clatters leading into a wheezing ambient wash punctuated with further conversational snippets, all on the second "Sharia Limb," are just two highlights worthy of note.

review by Ned Raggett
All Music Guide

The following appears on Amazon.com.

Any Muslimgauze album will blow most bands out of the water, but compared to other 'gauze releases, Gun Aramaic pt 2 doesn't size up as his best. Its not bad and even worthy of purchase. But NOT as an introduction to 'gauze. The distinguishing element of this album is a very loud live drum that exacerbates a sort of ROCK style. However, I believe Bryn Jones made the drum work, and work nicely. Expect some recycled sounds; there are snippets of music from "Betrayal". I would say, if you see it used or cheep, go for it, otherwise there's about 60 better Muslimgauze albums to choose from. (Good luck finding them all.)

A Music Fan (October 10, 2001)
Amazon.com

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

Another great release from Muslimgauze, possibly one of the best in his catalog.

While the first Gun Aramaic largely bored me, this one doesn't at all. It shares a similar sonic approach to his "ambient techno" albums like Mullah Said or Return of the Black September, but it's more immediate and less subdued than those albums, while still retaining a subtle atmospheric feel. As cliché as this sounds, it plays like a soundtrack for a non-existent film - insistent rhythmical patterns, huge washes and sways of sonic textures, and a hundred sounds of field recordings create a unique impression and provoke your imagination to form many pictures in your mind. With these nuanced, textured collages,  Bryn Jones transports you into the busy city streets of Levant countries, the secluded tribal areas, the secret military bases... Seriously, there are so many sounds in this record. People speaking in Arabic, children shouting in the distance, cars driving by, snippets of Arabic melodies, birds singing, street ambiance, industrial sounds, dozens of Bryn's eastern drums...

A definite highlight is both parts of Shia/Shia Psalm, which surprisingly feature an acoustic drumkit. I assume Bryn played it as well, and damn, was he a good drummer/percussionist.

The music urges me to say more, but I can't quite put into words the images that this album evokes in my mind, besides lazily tagging it as "huge and cinematic", so I'll finish here. If you think that a lot of Muslimgauze material feels underdeveloped - grab this and prove yourself wrong.

reviewed by muslimgauze_reviews
Rate Your Music
(April 9, 2018)

see also Arab Quarter, Return Of Black September, Re-mixs, Gun Aramaic & Occupied Territories, Gun Aramaic, Gun Aramaic & Gun Aramaic Part 2 & Gun Aramaic, Gun Aramaic Part 2 & Azzazin

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