BADAWI
Safe

[Asphodel, www.asphodel.com]

Badawi [aka Raz Mesinai] has intrigued me as an interesting abnormality. Yes, he has mastered the art of dubtometry - mixing various forms of dub and industrial - but what has drawn me more to his music is his mastery of Middle Eastern sounds. More precisely, Mesinai is a masterful musician - was taught percussion by Yemenite and Moroccan Jews. This is where his admiration for the sounds he makes today came around. The album in question presents an audio landscape that many of Badawi devotees will already be familiar with. Though Mesinai plays a multitude of instruments - piano, flutes, percussion and various programming and processing - it's interesting to note that here he's not alone. A stellar line-up of musicians have joined him - viola player Eyvind Kang, violinist Mark Feldman, guitarist Marc Ribot, cellist Jane Scarpantoni, tuba player Marcus Rojas and bassist Shahzad Ismaily. Centerpiece of the album is the 13 minute long "The Avenging Myth". Throughout the course of its many winding roads, we're led by a constant light-dub and Middle Easter percussion that is constantly in a state of trance. All of this is wrapped in a blanket of various string instruments that make themselves be known underneath the thick mass. "Sound on it's Eccoing" sounds more ominous. Full of flutes and a heavier percussive assault, this piece turns out to be more heavily accented with string instruments - scraping of violin here and a tuck on the cello over there. The triple string instrument attack - violin [Mark Feldman] and viola [Eyvind Kang] and cello [Jane Scarpantoni] on "I Said Oblivion" is mesmerizing. As the violin and viola create a furious theme, the cello provides for a swiftly moving backbone that defines the piece. Mesinai does one thing best - he knows how to set an unforgettable mood. A little bit of ambient, lots of Middle Eastern percussion and a ton of wicked strings make for a listen that is rich and rewarding.

-Tom Sekowski


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