It has been said that if we mere mortals attempted to write down everything that Mozart ever composed, it would take us 80 years to do so - but Mozart himself only lived to be 35. Something similar could be said, too, about the work of Bryn Jones - also known as Muslimgauze. Jones died in 1999, at the age of 38 - but produced an incredible body of work, much of which remains unreleased.
From the ultra-creative period that brought us ‘Hamas Arc’ and ‘Vote Hezbollah’ - and also the lost album ‘Shekel Of Israeli Occupation’ (the master of which was returned to Jones - who regarded the peace treaty signed in 1993 by the PLO, the original dedicatees of the album, as a betrayal - and the music was subsequently erased) - were the first signs that Jones had a wealth of unreleased material - so much so, in fact, that Staalplaat decided to give fans a 'free' release in exchange for sacrificing a part of the cover of ‘Hamas Arc’: if you cut out the insert from the CD cover and sent it in with a blank DAT, you’d eventually have your DAT sent back to you, but now as a free six song DAT-only release (the severed part of the 'Hamas Arc' cover would become the j-card cover for this new release - named 'Satyajit Eye' - and please note that Xeroxed copies of the original CD inlay were not accepted...)
‘Hamas Arc’ turned out to be one of the most successful releases from Muslimgauze, and endless amounts of these DATs have been copied. The DAT consisted of three original pieces, and three remixes from ‘Vote Hezbollah’; but there were also three pieces that were on the original master which, for reasons we may never know, were not used on the final release. Unsurprisingly enough, ‘Satyajit Eye’ was eventually bootlegged (ed. Not accurate.) - but not until this year. This expanded version, however, completes the whole picture of this album - showing us the first signs of Jones looking towards Indian music for inspiration; but also with breezy, desert-like rhythms and sounds (such as the intense ‘Zion Poison’ - which reminds us of O Yuki Conjugate), or the way-out music of the title track. ‘Satyajit Eye’ is a mysterious album, full of hidden layers; and evokes a lonely yet warm feeling of sun-covered sand dunes.
Press release from Staalplaat.
The following appeared on Boomkat.
'Satyajit Eye' is the more intriguing of two Bryn Jones reissues released this week. We're instantly entranced by the flurried percussions and raga drones and privy to some very special gear in the ritualistic electro-acoustic space shaping, a vibe which seeps into the stunningly spacious atmosphere and metal-tipped polyrhythms of "Tuareg" - Raime fans take note! - while the title track manifests a lush ecology of raga drone and acousmatic field recordings precipitating more incredibly clear and precise drum work on "Dhobi" and the evocatively near psychedelic swirl of "Caste". Don't sleep on this one; it's killer!
see also Al Jar Zia Audio & Satyajit Eye
October 1, 2020