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Available on 12” vinyl LP or CD from Secretly Canadian. Sunns and Jerusalem in my Heart is the result of a seven day collaboration session from 2012 between Sunns and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem in my Heart). After a couple of years they revisit the material, edit, re-work, and mix it for a full joint release. Analogue synths, arpeggiator filled, with an arabic mentality, would go nicely with Oneohtrix Point Never and Blanck Mass.
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Jerusalem In My Heart is Constellation's best kept secret, the recording project of Radwan Moumneh, who has recorded and mastered a hefty chunk of the avant-garde darlings who pass through the label’s Hotel2Tango studio. His own project started with live ambitions at heart: to create an ever-morphing audio-visual project incorporating Arabic song, folk and electronica; for our sakes, he released ‘Mo7it al-Mo7it’, a record featuring apocalyptic synth and drunken buzuk improvisations recorded directly to Moumneh’s phone. The results were as they sound -- intuitive and massively diverse.
That sound remains on his collaboration with Suuns, an indie rock crew who also detail grandiose soundscapes, but in a very different way -- through slightly askew guitar tunes. With a band surrounding him, Moumneh’s music sounds purposefully more rawk, like the clatter of label-mates GY!BE gearing up for takeoff (take “Metal”, chiming with buzzsaw chords and swirling ambience). Strands of Moumneh’s work are mapped alongside Suuns indirect rock; his work seeps in on tunes like “Seif”, which begins with tempo-transcending buzuk before being met with flattened out beats and distantly performed vocals. It’s impressively maximalist: the work of four musicians sounding like hundreds.
While ‘Mo7it’ was frantic and desperate, it was never as compositionally dense as Moumneh's work with Suuns is. It often sounds like these artists are merely layering their work atop one another’s: “Leyla” is gorgeous, but jarringly specific to Suuns’ sound, using sparse electric guitar and well positioned auto-tune. It doesn’t fit, but both bands remain exciting together, and Moumneh remains one of my favourite emerging artists.
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