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 on Boomkat.

Invaluable vinyl edition of the debut Muslimgauze release, originally issued on tape in 1983 thru his Product Kinematograph label. Kabul was his first release after a handful of cassettes as E.g. Oblique Graph (collected as Complete Oblique on VOD31) and bears similar aesthetic hallmarks of cranky, sparking Linn drums dubbed with cold synth contours and spectral samples.

For this vinyl edition, V-o-D augment the original six tracks, including the exploratory 13 minute dub-scape of Kabul and the soured, serpentine writhe of Muslim Gauze Muslim Prayer, with highly sought-after bonus cuts such as the hard-ass 4/4 Linn stepper Dissidents, taken from the Life At The Top compilation and almost worth the entry itself.

Thanks to a sterling re-master by Ghost Sounds’ Anders Peterson these post-punk spectres are animated as never before, filling in a long neglected gap in underground, experimental music.

Boomkat

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