November 16, 2015

Sussan Deyhim & Richard Horowitz - Desert Equations: Azax Attra, 1986

This exquisite and challenging work is the 8th in a fantastic series of albums entitled Made To Measure released between 1984 and the mid-90s on the Belgian record label Crammed Discs. The series is an experimental music goldmine and effectively an ambient world tour, featuring the global exploratory sounds from many favorite composers such as Hector Zazou, John Lurie, and Arto Lindsay. 

Desert Equations: Azax Attra is one of the most exciting albums I've heard in this series, both for its singularity and its cohesiveness as a musical work (dare I say concept album?). It is the first release from the collaboration between New York composer and multi-instrumentalist Richard Horowitz and Iranian vocalist and composer Sussan Deyhim. A flurry of otherworldly sounds and driving beats in combination with Deynhim's stacked vocals and jaw-dropping Meredith Monk-esque shrieks make for an audio safari through some jungle that exists only in the nether-regions of the artists' existential angst.

PS: Richard Horowitz (aka Drahcir Ztiworoh) makes an appearance on Jen's Winter (Outdoors) mix, which works pretty well in fall too.

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