Dawid, Angel Bat / Oracle, The
Album: Oracle, The   Collection:General
Artist:Dawid, Angel Bat   Added:Feb 2019
Label:International Anthem Recording Co.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2019-04-02 Pull Date: 2019-06-04 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: May 19 May 12 Apr 28 Apr 14
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 14, 2024: Passenger Princess
Destination (Dr. Yusef Lateef)
4. May 07, 2019: Attitude Adjustment
2. Nov 15, 2022: The Doghouse
5. Apr 25, 2019: Play Black Womxn
We Are Starzz
3. May 18, 2019: Music Casserole
The Oracle
6. Apr 09, 2019: For the Fam
We Are Starzz

Album Review
Danielle Greene
Reviewed 2019-03-03
Danny Danger
Reviewed 02/18/2019

Artist: Angel Bat Dawid
Album: The Oracle

The Oracle is the debut studio album by Chicago-based jazz and improvisional artist Angel Bat Dawid. Recorded entirely via her cellphone, The Oracle was created by Angel almost entirely alone – all sounds (dubbing, mixed instrumentalization, voices, etc.) are of her creation. Experimental jazz with a cathartic spiritual vibe – very avant-garde Blackness lyrics.

Related Artists: Idris Ackamoor, Sons of Kemet, Kamasi Washington
*FCC: None
Reviewer Favorites: 5, 6, 8

1. Destination (Dr. Yusef Lateef) (2:22) – Starts with soft music box sound – a bit haunting but chipper still – joined later by a clarinet, techno-y spoken word/poetry, ends with poetry and no music
2. Black Family (6;19) – Percussive intro with clarinet overlaid instrumental until 2:30, low repetition of “Black family” by adults and maybe a small child, sounds of loops + violins
3. What Shall I Tell My Children Who are Black (Dr. Margaret Burroughs) (3:20) – Music box opening (slow repetitive piano refrains), repetitive operatic singing that leads into spoken word and back again, slow melancholy sound
4. Impepho (3:39) – upbeat and jazzy mixed instrumental (wind instruments, steady bongos, electronic overlay), slows down to midtempo midway through, no words, slow fade out
5. We Are Starzz (4:23) – soft repetitive bass, floaty clarinet sound, piano, repetitive lyrics, smooth but powerful singing (her vocals are double layered)
6. London (2:47) – bright upbeat clarinet over lively piano playing, you can hear her intakes of breath in-between playing which gives it a “live show” feel, abrupt end
7. Cape Town [fea. Asher Simiso Gamedze] (15:36) – staccato drumming, clarinet, turns into a frantic jazzy sound, guttural singing and clarinet take turns, smooths out to prominent bongo playing and clarinet overlay and then ramps back up, last twenty seconds are near-silence but ends with a cathartic vocal release
8. The Oracle (5:24) – harmonizing over piano, clarinet and emotional and passionate singing, midtempo, Black churchy feels

Track Listing
1. Destination (Dr. Yusef Lateef)   5. We Are Starzz
2. Black Family   6. London
3. What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black (Dr. Margaret Burroughs))   7. Cape Town (Feat. Asher Simiso Gamedze)
4. Impepho   8. The Oracle