Boomkat Product Review:
Syrian/Egyptian artist Bosaina makes a delectable addition to Discrepant with the variegated ambient-pop and experimental strains of her debut double feature, combining the jazz-wise electro-acoustic collages of New York April - July 2013 and the airier ambient/neo classical space of Two Names Upon The Shore, respectively pressed a side per piece.
As a member of the Kairo Is Koming - or KIK - Collective which counts UIQ’s Zuli as a member, as well as her involvement in the VENT venue, Bosaina has been instrumental in creating the contemporary musical identity of her home city. However the sounds and themes of these two autobiographical EPs look beyond her city to conjure a broader palette of influences and references, incorporating and contrasting her experiences of the Big Apple with her roots in Syrian and Egypt and dreamscapes which link them all together.
Her New York April - July 2013 side is real charm, threading the listener thru an impressionistic, dèrive-like tour of New York in springtime framed by hovering jazz chords, refreshing downpours, wailing sirens and babies to a killer piece of Matana Roberts-like blues travelogue and tender, glitching electronica. But where that side is fragmented and at times febrile, the flip side’s Two Names Upon The Shore is cooler, collected and meditative, with expressive solo piano strokes embedded and swept thru field recording backdrops in the lush first part, then unpredictably introducing Gonjasufi-like distorted vox to the 2nd part, and inverting that into breathless hyaline highs in the final section, Abalone On The Grass with a startlingly assured hand.
We wager Bosaina will get a lot of attention around this record when it’s properly settled into a wider consciousness. Warmest recommendations!