Omar Ahmad – Inheritance

Judging by the sole track available from AKP Recordings artist, the Brooklyn-based Palestinian-American Omar Ahmad, this album should be considered one of those albums you listen to at 3 a.m. in order to relax and be at one with God.  The chilled out atmosphere of the track Lapses is shimmering, but not overly so.  What won me over to this release was the interesting one-sheet I received with the promo kit:

“At times recalling the emotional landscape of Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto’s Cendre, Inheritance weaves an auditory narrative that evades genre constraints. Enveloping orchestral ambience gives way to hypnotic Arab poly-rhythms, dewy and playful nostalgic electronica, and shines a bright light into the dark depths of experimental meditations. One may note affinities with the work of Palestinian DJ Muqata’a or Kuwaiti experimental musician Fatima Al-Qadiri, but while Ahmad’s work may share some elements, both aesthetic and ideological, with these artists, his is entirely his own, marked by a particularly tender approach.”

High praise, but well-deserved so far.

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