Limited Edition of 500 hand made in Beirut.
Shalabi Effect was originally formed in 1996 as a duo composed of Anthony von Seck and Sam Shalabi. In 1998 Shalabi and Seck fused their musical energies with Alexandre St. Onge and Will Eizlini.
The band put out four releases since, applying their structural aesthetic in studio recording to the first-take improvisation method in order to create some of the most distinctive sounds in Montreal today.
For their fifth release (and first on Annihaya Records), Shalabi Effect have crafted Feign to Delight Gaiety of Gods, which isn't exactly free improvistion, or psychedelic music, or rock. It's a sort of surrealist assemblage, much like it's track titles. A chance meeting on a mixer between a conversation about "inhaled backwards funk" and a hallucinatory musical sequence.
Rough around the edges but liquid in it's progression, the album is populated by the most offbeat of characters and the most unlikely of instrumental syntheses. Between a sonic psychedelic fiction set in outer space and a haunting eulogy, this simultaneously ill-tempered, euphoric, and downcast double-album features some of the band's most elaborate experimentations with Middle Eastern modes and traditions.
1. Feign To Delight Gaiety Of Gods
2. Cum Dumspter (Tempting Gods)
3. Prenatal Coat Hanger Memory
4. Born Again Lesbians
5. Chicken Wings
6. Empathy Box
7. Skulls For Stars
8. Love Hertz
9. John Heward
1. Sigmund Droid
2. Beauty Queen Crime Scene
3. Ambient Walrus
4. A Fine State Of A Fez
5. White Phosphorus Christmas