Category: World

Yele Solma – Bokor

A few years ago I had ordered an album by Basque folk black metal band Ilbeltz off the French Antiiq Records label. Included was a pamphlet that featured more of their releases. Among them was an act called Yele Solma, which purported to play a form of voodoo-inspired African dark ambient. That description alone warranted a listen from me; however, unfortunately I forgot to follow up on the project until remembering them recently and discovering that their only album, Bokor, was now on Bandcamp. It became immediately apparent that it was a mistake on my part to not have sought this release out sooner. (more…)

Theodor Bastard – Oikoumene

Recently I discovered this interesting Russian band that blends eastern ethnic music with a variety of other genres, such as trip-hop, into an enchanting and mystical whole. This band is called Theodore Bastard and the album I chose to initially traverse their sonic world was Oikoumene, which was released in 2012. Oikoumene is an exquisite hour-long piece of work that takes the listener on a spiritual journey crawling with eastern sounds with occasional interludes of subtle electronics and contemporary instrumentation. (more…)

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Dhafer Youssef – Birds Requiem

Recently, I was examining a pretty good music blog and came across an album classified as Arabic jazz. I was intrigued as to what this would sound like; therefore, I said YOLO and decided to check it out. After about a week or two of listening to it every night before going to sleep, I still am being taken away by its beauty. Dhafer Youssef is a jazz musician from Tunisia, who moved to Europe over twenty years ago. He gracefully merges Western jazz music with Arabic instruments into a seamless and cohesive work of art. Youssef’s most recent album, Birds Requiem, begins with Birds Canticum, which consists of slow jazzy piano and some type of Arabic flute. Right away, this song envelops the (more…)

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Kamal – Mysterious Traveller

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Alright, so here we go with an odd review. New age artist Kamal has a ton of albums under his belt, which are all very peaceful and relaxing. The way I found out about this guy is I was at a friends house and she was flipping through all of those music channels that some cable companies have, and she had hit the new age station, where Kamal’s song Tales from Tambourine Mountain was playing. I was enjoying it, and decided that when I got home, I’d look him up. Well, I did, and Mysterious Traveller fell into my music catalog. I listened to it a few times, and determined that it is pretty pleasing on the ears. (more…)

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