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Dawid, Angel Bat / Oracle, The
Album:Oracle, The Collection:General
Artist:Dawid, Angel Bat Added:02/2019
Label:International Anthem Recording Co. 

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Album Review
Danielle Greene
Reviewed 2019-03-03 
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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