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Sir Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls) and W. David Oliphant’s visionary guitar/synth duo regroup for this absorbing split with Arabic ensemble Karkhana and Cairene artist Nadah Al Shazly
Leading on from the awe-inspiring might of Bishop & Oliphant’s ‘Beyond All Defects’  album - a personal massive favourite - the pairing return with a more tempered sound here, incorporating reverberating percussion and textured electronics into a pair of subtler, psychedelically layered arrangements. Their sense of menace is now more implied than explicit, with the inclement swell of toxic rain and hellish FX in ‘Rakshasa’ worthy of comparison with Æthenor and Nurse With Wound at their most hallucinogenic, while the sublime tension of ‘Axiulou’ conjures a more stately procession towards some unheimlich, dreadful unknown.
On the B-side, Lebanese/Egyptian/Turkish ensemble Karkhana, featuring Constellation’s Sam Shalabi and Cairene singer Nadah El Shazly, offer some antidote to the febrile A-side, traversing from opiated string shimmers and reversed tapes loops to avant-garde, modal jazz vividly rendered by Fadi Tebbal’s mixing.