Libya Tour Guide
Release date: December 7, 2015
Originally issued as the third LP in the limited edition box set 'Tandoori Dog', 'Libya Tour Guide' follows 'Jaagheed Zarb' and the title disc with a CD reissue, and again the increased space of its new medium has allowed unreleased material from the original tape to be included. Although a version of “Rebiana Sand Sea” originally surfaced on the 'Melt EP', “Tubruq Sand Bank” and the 12-minute “Aqua Tingktyur” are now restored to their proper places in
this sprawling, 22 track release.
As with many of Bryn Jones’s longer albums as Muslimgauze, 'Libya Tour Guide' ranges over different sounds and modes as it goes, from the almost collage of short pieces featured near the beginning to the subdued, sinister pulsing of “Great Satan Shadow” to the extended, sometimes digitally shredded journey of “Aqua Tingktyur”.
Even more than normal, here Jones’ tracks comment on each other, with the already hectic squiggles of “Benzedrine, Effendi” immediately answered with the fiercer distortions of the same sound on “No, Benzedrine, Effendi” and “East of Tarabulus” naturally takes the listener further than “Tarabulues” just did. The result, whether it’s the richly echoing hand percussion of “Kurnel” or the choking static of “Rebiana Sand Sea”, is as intoxicating as always.
Press release from Staalplaat.
The following appeared on Boomkat.
Holy sh*t! Staalplaat pull out another revelatory Muslimgauze album from the archives, originally issued as the 3rd LP from his 'Tandoori Dog' box set and now available with three previously unreleased bonus cuts as a standalone CD.
'Libya Tour Guide' is most notable for featuring some of the most prominent use of Roland 303 acid baselines in Muslimgauze’s peerless oeuvre, as much as its fractal diversity and atmospheric range explored over 22 tracks including 3 unreleased aces.
As with most of his other equipment, it’s almost a given that Bryn Jones would use the 303 uniquely, and we’d wager you’ve rarely, if ever, heard it wrenched quite like he does in the parched bogle of "Tubrug Sand Bank" or paired with acoustic strings in "Benzedrine Effendi" and rubbed all over saz and bouncing drums in the opener, "Lalique Gadaffi Jar".
If you’ve got anything approaching a taste for Muslimgauze gear, this one is a total no brainer.
January 10, 2017