On this, his second full length release for Asphodel, Raz Mesinai finds his Badawi spectre offering what may truly be considered his piece de resistance. Spires of piano, flute, violin, and cello rise up over Saharan expanses of percussion to create a vibrant and emotionally charged soundscape. Mesinai, joined by such notable performers as violinist Eyving Kang and guitarist Marc Ribot, has composed an album that travels the distance from dub to jazz, darbuka, bendir or zarb! to drone, manifesting his nomadic shifts from Jerusalem to New York City and his conceptual shift from Sub Dub to Badawi. Culturally informed analog and digital distortions from the divinities to the avant garde yield this beautifully crafted call to the intimate sanctuary of sound. 'Safe' continues Badawi's renowned sound clash style, layering the desolation of the desert with the comfort of a captivating beat.
The Avenging Myth
The Bedouin Walks Alone