Jerusalem In My Heart
 
Daqa’iq Tudaiq



CST137
180gLP / CD / DL
Out 5 October 2018

 
Tracklist:
 
1. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 1)
2. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 2)
3. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 3)
4. Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam (Part 4)
5. Bein Ithnein
6. Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab
7. Layali Al-Rast
8. Kol El ‘Aalam O’youn

 


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“Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab”:

 
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Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) returns with Daqa’iq Tudaiq, the third full-length album from the Montréal-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo, following the acclaimed 2015 release If He Dies, If If If If If If (year-end lists at The Wire (#39), The Quietus (#24) and A Closer Listen (Top 10), among other accolades).
 
Featuring voice, electronics, buzuk and other instrumentation from composer-producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Matana Roberts, Suuns, Big Brave) and complemented by the 16mm analog film work of Charles-André Coderre in live performance, JIMH continues to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions. Daqa’iq Tudaiq translates as “minutes that bother/oppress/harass” – which presumably needs no further explanation – and features two distinct album sides of music.
 
Side One realizes a long-held dream of Moumneh’s to record a modern orchestral version of the popular Egyptian classic “Ya Garat Al Wadi” by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab. JIMH assembled a 15-piece orchestra in Beirut, enlisting the celebrated Montréal-Cairo musician/composer Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush) as arranger and musical director for the session. Anchored by the stately hypnotic pace of plucked and percussive instruments (riq, santur, derbakeh, kanun), the piece unfolds with lush, languid, reverb-drenched manoeuvrings through virtuosic Maqam shifts (Oriental scales). Moumneh’s melismatic lead vocals and electronic production sensibility pay homage to the genre’s documented historical recording traditions, while pushing things subtly and respectfully into new territories of sonic distortion and noised, artefact-laden transmission. The song’s original title (with lyrics penned in 1928 by the poet Ahmad Shawqi) translates as “Oh Neighbour Of The Valley”, but JIMH takes a different line from the original lyric as the new title for its orchestral-electronic re-interpretation. “Wa Ta’atalat Loughat Al Kalam” (“The Language Of Speech Has Broke Down”) is an expression of wordless love and transcendent communication between two lovers’ eyes in Shawqi’s poem; JIMH re-titles the song with this line, exploding the sentiment with more complexity, tragedy and socio-political meaning – also prefiguring the formal aesthetic ruptures JIMH bring to the piece itself. Love in a time of politics, politics in a world conspiring against love, and the specificity of Arab diasporic experience in our brutish 21st century.
 
Side Two comprises four tracks of non-ensemble “solo” material by Moumneh which push rupture and decomposition/recomposition of tradition further into avant-garde territory – voice, buzuk and electronics take the lead on a suite of emotive and evocative songs, including the percussive loop-driven instrumental “Bein Ithnein” (“Between Two” ) and the stunningly unsettling processed vocal track “Thahab, Mish Roujou’, Thahab” (“The Act Of Departing, Not Returning, Departing”).
 
Daqa’iq Tudaiq is a masterful, mesmerizing artistic statement and confirms Jerusalem In My Heart as one of the most engaged and forward-looking avant-Arabic projects at work in contemporary music today. Thanks for listening.

 


 
Original photo by Hashem Al Madani & Akram Zaatari
Courtesy of the Arab Image Foundation
Re-photography and treatment by Charles-André Coderre
 
 
 
Praise for JIMH’s 2015 album
If He Dies, If If If If If If:

 

If He Dies, If If If If If If is a stunning, of-the-moment record that speaks to the intersection of the personal and political with supreme confidence.”
AD-HOC
 
“The listener might expect such an unusual Arabic-electronic fusion to pose something of a challenge, but the album’s uncluttered arrangements, strong vocal melodies, and concision help make it eminently approachable.”
TEXTURA
 
#24 Album of 2015
THE QUIETUS
 
#39 Album of 2015
THE WIRE
 
Top Ten Rock, Post-Rock, Folk & Jazz Albums of 2015
A CLOSER LISTEN

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