|Alileche, Moh / When The Dust Settles - Tamdit B' Wass|
|Album:||When The Dust Settles - Tamdit B' Wass||Collection:||World|
|Label:||Flag Of Freedom Records|
|Add Date:||2013-01-19||Pull Date:||2013-03-24||Charts:||Reggae/World|
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Moh Alilech – When the Dust Settles|
Reviewed by Sadie O., 1/18/13
Berber music from Algeria. Mostly sounds more like Rai and Middle Eastern pop as opposed to the Tuareg music that we hear a lot of these days – at least to me. Alileche plays a 10 stringed mandol (“agember” in the Tamazight Berber language) and I think he sings in Tamazight at least part of the time. Frankly, I’m not getting a totally solid fix on this from the liner notes – but it’s basically North African/Arabic, really gorgeous.
Track one is more simple in instrumentation, track 7 has a depressing intro in English, track 8 has an electric Reggae groove, and track 9 has almost a dubstep sound woven in – but other than that, it’s fairly similar throughout…
1. 2:59 **handdrums and flute, very sort of simple wanderer-roots sound, but with good energy. The flute sounds very Celtic at times – interesting. Male vocals, call and response.
2. 4:07 **starts with solo oud (?), recorded with a lot of echo, then full group, sounds like Rai, upbeat.
3. 3:21 **fast syncopated dance, complex tune, wonderful instrumentation.
4. 4:03 **spoken male/female exchange in Arabic for about 20 seconds, then upbeat and pretty, swingy.
5. 4:38 **mandol and drones intro, really gorgeous midtempo instrumental with full band, deeply evocative of North Africa.
6. 3:47 **midtempo swingy dance-y groove, music seems to swirl around.
7. 4:36 *female spoken word in English, with violin. Quite depressing, thanks. After that’s done, turns into quite a gorgeous midtempo dance (vocals seem to be in North African-inflected French), but it’s similar to other tracks that don’t have such sad intros…
8. 3:54 **by a different artist, with full electric band, Reggae groove, relaxed, with a Spanish tinge…
9. 4:16 ***wowzers – very different sound! Same musical structure, but with buzzy electronics. Nice! Female backing chorus, lyrics at least partially in English. All about uprising, and the Arab Spring.