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Street Date: Oct 5, 2018 Jerusalem In My Heart (JIMH) returns with Daqa'iq Tudaiq, the third full-length album from the Montréal-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo, following the acclaimed 2015 release If He Dies, If If If If If If. Featuring voice, electronics, buzuk and other instrumentation from composer-producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Matana Roberts, Suuns, Big Brave) and abetted by the 16mm analog film work of Charles-André Coderre in live performance, JIMH continues to expand the horizons of its profound conceptual and aesthetic engagement with Arabic/Middle-Eastern traditions. Daqa'iq Tudaiq translates as "minutes that bother/oppress/harass" – which presumably needs no further explanation – and features two distinct album sides of music. Side One realizes a long-held dream of Moumneh's to record a modern orchestral version of the popular Egyptian classic "Ya Garat Al Wadi" by the legendary composer Mohammad Abdel Wahab. Side Two comprises four tracks of non-ensemble "solo" material by Moumneh which push rupture and decomposition/recomposition of tradition further into avant-garde territory – voice, buzuk and electronics take the lead on a suite of emotive and evocative songs, including the percussive loop-driven instrumental "Bein Ithnein" ("Between Two" ) and the stunningly unsettling processed vocal track "Thahab, Mish Roujou', Thahab" ("(The Act Of) Departing, Not Returning, Departing"). Daqa'iq Tudaiq is a masterful, mesmerizing artistic statement and confirms Jerusalem In My Heart as one of the most engaged and forward-looking avant-Arabic projects at work in contemporary music today. 180-gram vinyl (pressed at Optimal, Germany) includes 12" x 24" art print poster plus 320kbps download card.

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