Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye

Muslimgauze, a Mancunian band who use ‘western instruments with an eastern approach’, have a mini-album called ‘Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye’ on Limited Editions which is available by post for £2.50 from Bryn Jones, 447 Chorley Road, Swinton, Manchester.

Sounds (June 2, 1984)

Muslimgauze’s long awaited follow up to the heavily percussive ‘Kabul’ has finally arrived from the deft hand of Bryn Jones. ‘Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye’ is still heavily focused on rhythm but there’s a lot more substance and assurance there now. Definitely a successful follow up.

Sounds (August 18, 1984)

Another fine release of Muslimgauze, leaning more to electronics than the Middle-Eastern drumming, but no doubt an obvious Muslimgauze record. Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye 12" was released on Limited Editions (LIMITED 1) in 1984. Limited Editions was the label used by Bryn Jones of Muslimgauze for several self-released records in the 1980s.

cranio (April 14, 2007)
The Thing On The Doorstep

The following appeared on Boomkat.

V-O-D combine Muslimgauze’s first two incredible EP's Hammer & Sickle and Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye, together with bonus compilation tracks, on one 12” for the first time.

1983’s Hammer & Sickle conjures a menacing but playful dub atmosphere with four tracks of cold spare space ricocheting talking drum cadence and lacerated by plunging FX, alongside the obscure - and rather lo-fi - haunting skeleton of Execute The Monkey off the Not BY Chance compilation.

There’s a more layered approach at work in 1984’s Hunting Out With An Aerial Eye, though. Under The Hand Of Jaruzelski shows solidarity for those living under Polish martial law with a mesh of itchy Linn drums, newscaster samples and brooding chords, next to the scarily prescient techno minimalism of Ensan Entehari and a coolly wigged-out ten minutes of zig-zagging saz pipes and hypnotic chant with Empty Quarter (Part 1).

This material is just incredible - some of the finest in Bryn Jones' sprawling catalogue...

Boomkat

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