Al'Azif - the debut album by Saitün - whips and buzzes, is raw, playful and refreshingly different.
Like the buzzing of an all-destroying swarm of locusts over the deserts of the Orient, as if Jack White and Erkin Koray had drunk a little too much raki together. As soon as the record starts, it magically draws the listener in. Without slipping away, the ten songs fit into a losing sound mosaic of Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies. The journey into the world of Saitün's debut album, feels like a wild ride in a run-down SUV on a potholed road. At a fast pace, the album jolts the listener to refuel at just the right moment, and then to race on as if there were no tomorrow.
How far can world music go?
With their project "Saitün", the four musicians from Basel approach this field of tension from the perspective of the white European millenial, thereby providing new breeding ground for social discourse.
And they weave this into the music. Because that connects. Cultural Appropriation? Cultural Appreciation.
Al'Azif was written within a few months and then arranged over a two-year period and recorded and mixed in the band's own studio, as well as by producer and engineer David Lasry (Don't Kill The Beast, Guy Mandon, Brainchild, Hank) at Halbinsel Studios in Basel. The album was subsequently mastered in the USA by Grammy Award winner Brian "Big Bass" Gardner (Queens Of The Stone Age, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, David Bowie).
Saitün's debut album Al' Azif leads the listener into a psychedelic adventure with an uncertain outcome and remains a powerful first album from a band that is yet to be heard from.
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