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Jerusalem In My Heart / If He Dies, If If If If If If
Album:If He Dies, If If If If If If Collection:World
Artist:Jerusalem In My Heart Added:01/2016
Label:Constellation Records 

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Add Date:2016-01-10 Pull Date:2016-03-15 Charts:Reggae/World
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Album Review
DJ Muscat
Reviewed 2016-01-07 
Genre: folk, experimental, Arabic

Creative, emotive album from this Canadian-based Lebanese artist. Jerusalem in My Heart synthesizes influences from Arabic wedding music and experimental electronic music into a wholly original, yet relatable, whole. One of my favorites from 2015. For english lyrics check out this link: http://cstrecords.com/if-he-dies-lyrics/

Favorites: 3, 8, 7, 6, 2. No FCCs (all in Arabic).

1. (2:14) Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau - Male vox in Arabic. Subtle digital effects warp his voice. Dramatic, elegiac.
2. (7:08) ** A Granular Buzuk - Subtle motorik drum beat and synth underpin slow guitar plucks. Gradually, more buzuk layers are added until the track evolves into a hypnotic mess. Instrumental.
3. (4:33) **** 7ebr El 3oyoun - LOVE this song. Begins very formless with lone voice and drone before progressively upping the tempo and ramping into a heartfelt climax. One of my favorites from 2015.
4. (5:06) Qala Li Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa - Bristling noise roars over buzuk. Gradually fades away before returning with another noise assault (don’t get me wrong though, this isn’t merzbow).
5. (3:39) Lau Ridyou Bil Hijaz - Mid tempo. Warbling synth, quiet vox, and drum machine.
6. (5:08) ** Ta3mani; Ta3meitu - Mal vox + buzuk. Totally mesmerizing. Ends cold.
7. (7:26) ** Ah Ya Mal El Sham - Wonderful flute playing lays the foundation for impassioned vocals. A plea to Syria. Droning and gentle.
8. (5:36) *** 2asmar Sa7ar - Instrumental. Ocean field recording. Awesome buzuk playing that seems to tug back and forth with the tide of the ocean. Great closing track.

Track Listing
1.Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau 5.Lau Ridyou Bil Hijaz
2.A Granular Buzuk 6.Ta3mani; Ta3meitu
3.7ebr El 3oyoun 7.Ah Ya Mal El Sham
4.Qala Li Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa 8.2asmar Sa7ar