Sukitoa O Namau’s debut EP “Nari” plunges the listener into the artist’s vast collection of field recordings from and around Meknès, Morocco. While side B is a continuous sound piece, an extended journey through the richness of everyday life, including the sounds of marketplaces, remote villages or informal singing sessions, Side A masterfully sets these elements in compositions that no longer allow for a disinterested listen.
Ominous beats set the tone for four pieces permeated with analog crackling, over which incongruent fragments intertwine: an incomprehensible scream, the words of a dog trainer who wishes to imprint obedience through sound, the trance-inducing rhythm of a traditional percussive piece. Just as the album’s cover picture imposes itself again and again as a question to the looking eye, “Nari” celebrates the victory of the world over the senses, while also propagating its own spectral reality.
"Sukitoa o Namau is a sound artist, performer and researcher from Morocco. Her background is rooted in contemporary dance, performing arts and visual arts. She uses field recordings, processed sounds and electronics to delve into concepts and processes such as fascination, hypnosis, aura and trance."
Face A : Sukitoa o Namau's debut EP Nari. « I dedicate this EP to the dog i hear screaming every night. »
Face B : Field recordings from Morocco (2017) - « These sounds have been recorded in the framework of a project called Taqsim, a platform that enables musicians and producers from the MENA region to communicate through sound, improvisation and collaboration, in cooperation between the UPA and Mideast Tunes. As a featured artist, my mission is to inaugurate this borderless sounds archive ».
released February 2, 2018
This release has been mixed and mastered by Raz Mesinai (Badawi, Sub Dub) in NY. "
Purely brilliant ambiant music. It is light in tone, and passes very well as background music, but if one decides to give it a thorough listening, they will discover rich compositions and details. Thibaut Devigne
Just as the film Kwaidan is one of the most visually intoxicating cinematic feats ever, this Kwaidan is its musical analog. Tactile, uprooting, it puts you in-scene. Demands repeated listenings. pjnewman-364