Lazhareem Ul Leper
Information release from Staalplaat Distribution Updates: July 22, 2010
Ibrahim Khider (author of Muslimgauze: Chasing the Shadow of Bryn Jones) will write the full pres release but this he had to say right now. Most of what is on the disc is previously unreleased. There are some touch stones, like material from Silknoose and Izlamaphobia, but they are just that - touch stones. I think Muslimgauze fans will be pleased with this release when they hear how different it is. Some pretty cool stuff and only some of it is familiar.
Release date: September, 2010
An attribute of a good work of art, besides craftsmanship and beauty, are revelations of a new details with each experience. "Lazhareem Ul Leper" by Muslimgauze certainly qualifies for its range of percussion instruments, atypical electronics, skillful de-construction of ethno-traditional music. In turn, said music is re-assembled with urban stylings with a technical deftness akin to the way a Shao-Lin monk wields weapons. The Staalplaat crew think this among the more unusual of Muslimgauze works, fans undoubtedly will think it both refreshing and as striking now as when first committed to DAT. Muslimgauze enthusiasts may recognize sounds from "Izlamaphobia" on the odd track as they were made roughly the same time, only Lazhareem is arranged differently and with more unique elements to form a stand-alone album. Stylistically Lazhareem straddles the line between ethno-electro releases like "Silknoose" for its pervasive use of Indo-Pak music melded with Persian and Mid-East; along with more Industrial releases like "Izlamaphobia" and "Blue Mosque" for its occasionally tight, near-mechanical loops. Fans will be pleased to notice never-before-heard (to this listener, at least) percussive textures layered into lush rhythmic harmonies punctuated by chimes on track five. Track ten is also singular for the way it opens with a clamor not unlike a knocked-over box of tin cans one moment, the next, this seemingly dissonant noise is harnessed and re-edited into a well-crafted rhythm track. Track six flaunts music production standards by rolling three or four tracks into one continuous 20 minute piece, vintage Bryn Jones. Yet another stand-out work is track seven, a piece that is more than its assemblage of rhythms and counter-rhythms and fused together, an underlying pulse takes possession of the track and ultimately the listener. Since 1995, masters for "Lazhareem Ul Leper" languished in Staalplaat vaults when it should have been put out for immediate appreciation by fans. This work of art is now available on CD, and not a moment too soon.
written by Ibrahim Khider
Press release from Staalplaat.
February 5, 2017