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We are very pleased to present Osama, Sam Shalabi's "protest music about arabophobia in a Post 9-11 World". Sam Shalabi is the hardest working person to emerge from Monteal's vibrant music scene, appearing in over a dozen projects including Shalabi Effect, Molasses, Detention, and a trio with David Kristian and Alexandre St-Onge, among others.Musically, Osama takes quite a leap from the territories occupied by Shalabi's last solo outing, On Hashish, which comprised field recordings, tape music and improv sewn together to fantastic results. Osama features contributions from over thirty Montreal musicians and takes a straight-ahead hard rock, psyche and pop approach, but still utilizes many improv and experimental techniques.Osama opens with 'The Wherewithalll', a track that mixes elements of hard progressive rock with mysterious vocals and then breaks into spoken word segments that include references to such things as rare guitars and Keiji Haino, among others. 'Der El-Bahri from the Air' features one of Shalabi's other projects, Poseidon Council, taking the lead on this incredible psychedelic pop piece. It features vocalist Billy Mavreas sounding quite a bit like solo-era Syd Barrett and some incredible guitar soloing, as well as cat sounds. The recording's closing and golden moment is the incredibly beautiful seventeen minute epic, Guantanamo Bay, which begins with an eerie similarity to Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips. Once again the blissful pop elements fade and dissolve into layers of sound. This track builds into an incredible crescendo driven by static, brushes, crackles, noise and the distant sound of muffled epic soundtrack music.(label info)
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