Land of Kush's Egyptian Light Orchestra - Monogamy
Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush makes its second appearance on revered label Constellation after last years Against the Day. Taking the big band aesthetic that that album embodied, Monogamy transfers into a strangely kaleidoscopic, psychedelic world full of Arabic instrumentation and all manner of weird and wonderful sounds. The album takes a dissonant and screeching journey through jazz and improvisational rock and this none more brilliant than on second track ‘Scars’. This is a 17-minute journey through middle-eastern rhythms, droning noise and some moody female vocals. In fact it’s the longer form tracks which are the best, ‘Fisherman’ being another highlight with its robotic vocals exclaiming all manner of sexual phrases amongst the clicks, beeps and horns that swim amongst the percussion. Monogamy represents a slightly more accessible record than its predecessor, and demonstrates Shalabi as a brilliantly forward-thinking and inventive composer.