Release date: April 20, 1998
The old saying "Words cannot describe" entered common use shortly after Muslimgauze started making his strange brand of twisted Middle Eastern techno music about 15 years ago. From earliest days of his career this one man political controversy has danced gleefully on the hornet's nest of prejudice and passion that has come to symbolize the issue of Palestinian statehood. Never before has such strange and unusual music been so permanently linked with such a persistent political cause. In the last few years, as the pace of change in the Middle East has accelerated, Muslimgauze has left that region "in the dust" if you will. His new works, including this one, have evolved into complex, chaotic fist fights Layer upon layer of rhythm loops compete for bandwidth with overdriven bass lines and we are left to conclude that this album really will be the death of vinyl.
"Syrinjia" consists of nine pieces with a total running time of about 40 minutes. The cover art is guaranteed to produce a headache. This release is limited to 950 copies. You cannot dance to this music!
Press release from Soleilmoon.
The following appears on iTunes.
This late-period Muslimgauze release is a showcase for Bryn Jones' fascination with dub. Slow rhythms, spacious production, and a minimum of harsh noise make Syrinjia one of the more accessible Muslimgauze records, and me echo, delay, and flanging effects throughout "Sitaram Sharma" and "Amira Kadal Srinagar" suggest Jones learned well from the Jamaican masters The beats in tracks lie "Holy Man" and "Moon Guitar" even have a bit of a hip-hop flavor, further upping the listenability quotient for Muslimgauze newcomers. Unfortunately, this being a limited edition (only 950 copies were pressed, on LP only), it seems likely that Syrinjia is heard primarily by the small cult of Muslimgauze obsessives. The lucky few will find Jones in ambient mode on "Walaroo Dalak", manoeuvring static, clicks, and ancient electronic bleeps around the space to spooky effect. Tracks Ike "Rashid Jag Deep" and "Detrimental" show that Jones was a wizard at transforming a small number of sounds (a tough drum loop, fuzzed-out bassline, end a sample or two is usually all he needs) into music with heavy impact. The sheer force behind these grooves, even though they tend to be of the blunted, heed-nodding variety, is astounding. It seems a fitting tribute to Jones' memory to play them loud.
see also Syrinjia (CD) & Lahore & Marseille, Mort Aux Vaches & Syrinjia (LP)
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