Kabul

The following appeared in Sounds.

MUSLIMGAUZE: New name for Bryn Jones formerly EG Oblique Graph. First material available, as of now, is an LP entitled ‘Kabul’ which, although recorded on a 4 track cassette machine, is of high quality. Jones concentrates on rhythm with small pieces of speech and instrumentation creeping in. The pulsing soundtracks retain an immediate, direct quality which never lets the subtlety of the overlayed instruments suffer. Forceful and essential, a new sound.

Excerpt from Dave Henderson's epic "Wild Planet" feature in Sounds. (May 7, 1983)

Recorded on the minimum of equipment this LP concentrates on rhythm. Naturally there are other bits and pieces but the whole thing revolves around the beat. Crisp and pulsating it’s best heard on the title track which boasts the minimum of underlying melodies and very little else. In fact it’s that very little else that makes it work. By implication and restrained innuendo something is constantly almost happening while the beat pounds on, giving a feeling of expectancy. Intelligently it’s what Muslimgauze have left out that gives this LP the power and integrity. It’s a riveting experience as the beat pins you firmly to your seat and it’s ultimately a rewarding one.

Review from Sounds. (September 17, 1983)

First full album by Bryn Jones aka Muslimgauze, although recorded on a 4 track cassette machine, is of high quality. Jones concentrates on rhythm with small pieces of speech and instrumentation creeping in. The pulsing soundtracks retain an immediate, direct quality which never lets the subtlety of the overlaid instruments suffer. Forceful and essential. Kabul was released on Product Kinematograph (PKR-1) in 1983. At around the time of this release Bryn had put together a photocopy magazine entitled Facsimile, which was included in some copies of Kabul. You can see a copy of this here.

craniop (April 6, 2007)
The Thing On The Doorstep

The following appeared in Rate Your Music.

O since I've decided to go on the quest of reviewing as many Muslimgauze albums as possible, I figured I should start with the very first one.

So, this is pretty much Muslimgauze in its infancy. Bryn is young, he hasn't bought any of these fancy Arabic drums yet, and his methods are generally amateurish. This release mostly consists of drum machines, but I still find it to be a great effort - it's cold, minimalistic, industrial lo-fi approach is totally welcome. I think the sparseness and repetitiveness of the whole ordeal is not a weakness but a strength here, as seen in the 14-minute title track, whose dubby atmospherics perfectly evoke an image of a desolate, grey cityscape. Same goes for Muslin Gauze Muslim Prayer, which is supposedly the track that gave birth to the Muslimgauze moniker.

It should be noted that Bryn self-released this album on vinyl, which I find quite impressive. Some copies also contained a magazine assembled by Bryn called FACSIMILE, muslimgauze.org has some scans of that and I loved it as well. It's virtually the only document of Bryn's talent in graphic design, so I was very surprised to see how well-done it was from an aesthetic standpoint.

reviewed by muslimgauze_reviews
Rate Your Music
(January 25, 2018)

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