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VIZIER OF DAMASCUS
Ephemeral Quiets

TSYM001
Tree Symmetry Recordings 2006
22 Tracks. 79mins33secs

Vizier Of Damascus’s Arfan Munir Ezra Rai is not your usual electronic head. Born in London from a family with roots in Arabian and Northern Pakistan, Rai is currently a lecturer in philosophy and religion in London.

Ephemeral Quiets follows Rai’s debut EP, Badshahi, for the ever-excellent Rednetic Recordings. Published on his own imprint, Tree Symmetry, Ephemeral Quiets charts a much wider and more complex scope than Badshahi. Spread over twenty-two tracks spanning nearly eighty minutes, Ephemeral Quiets is a sumptuous collection of introvert electronic pieces, the shortest clocking at just under thirty seconds while the longest stretches past the eight minute mark. Weaving intricate sonic structures into rich and warm soundscapes, with a clear emphasis on the spiritual meaning of each composition, Rai slowly unveils the nature of his work. Working from a combination of polished electronic sounds, statics and clicks, field recordings and occasional vocal samples, Arfan focuses primarily on the sonic canvas of each track, building up layer after layer of sound and melody, and develops a truly introspective tone throughout this album. The focus is very much on the inner-self, and the listener is invited to reflect and pause, a rare occurrence in a world too busy with accumulating profit. Ephemeral Quiets can at will disappear in the background or become synonymous with an instant without loosing any of its qualities.

Due to the nature of the work on offer here, it is almost impossible to isolate a single piece. Ephemeral Quiets is bigger than the sum of its parts, and can at times feel slightly overwhelming, yet perseverance is truly rewarding. Arfan covers such a wide spectrum of tones and textures with this record, evoking in turn the hustle and bustle of urban life and the more peaceful and pastoral pace of his roots, that it is impossible not to succumb to the sheer beauty of tracks such as Swaat Interf, Saving The Guava Tree, Khwaab or Multan For Mysticism and the meticulous assemblages of Semi Circled Flame, Sajda or Qaswaan.

All the way through, Vizier Of Damascus manages to constantly refresh the atmospheric setting of his work while retaining the same spiritual tone, making Ephemeral Quiets a piece of work which instantly stands out from the rest.

4.3/5

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TRACKLIST

Ephemeral Intro
Swaat Interf
Semi Circled Flame
Horndelay
Saving The Guava Tree
Shubaraaht Leaf
Granite Seven
Sajda
Browning Way
Onenesses
Robot Sky Speaks
Onenesses 22
Drokc Orc & Winter Palace
Browning Way 4
Master's Command
Qiyaam Al Layl
Khwaab
Multan For Mysticism
Race Of Fires
Rain For Trees
Caswaan
Measure Tauba

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