Canadian producer Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat touches on the traditional music of qawwali on this experimental mini-album. Featuring a mere eight tracks, Qawwali Quatsch features transcendental sounds combined with hypnotic violins and voices by long-time friend and collaborator Sophie Trudeau of the acclaimed band Godspeed You Black Emperor!
This absorbing concept came about after Monteith—best known for his dub techno escapades—attended a festival that featured music from both the coastal and land locked regions of India and Pakistan. One performer was Asif Ali Kahn and his qawwali party, as qawwali bands are appropriately known, and his show really struck a chord.
The resulting music - which the artist admits is just a humble experiment galaxies away from the real power of the source material that inspired it - makes up this first album under his own name, and is a sympathetically infused album that ably captures the spirit of the revelatory, life changing music that is qawwali, and an entry quite unlike any other in his now vast catalog.
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From what I've gathered, this album is a very personal account of some tragic events that occurred one fateful night in Malmi, Helsinki... As a long time Malmi resident I can't help feeling a bit haunted by this... But still I would rank this album as one of the best ambient recordings I've ever heard! From the heart-aching sorrow and despair of the first half to the cautious acceptance in the final, this is such a beautiful, cohesive and emotional body of music...! Hierophlex