Boomkat Product Review:
Shalabi Effect refer to their latest effort, ‘Pink Abyss’, as their “pop record”— an apt description in comparison to their two previous releases. While Pink Abyss retains elements of those efforts, there is decidedly more emphasis placed on melody on this release, with more use of vocals and more prominence given to the guitar. Without a doubt, it is Shalabi Effect’s most rocking effort thus far, featuring detailed musicianship and a dark and powerful recording quality that’s in keeping with the themes which they explore. Over the last seven years Sam Shalabi has established himself as one of Canada’s most important music artists, known for his talents on guitar, oud and various electronics. Shalabi was also a member of folk noir Godspeed linked ensemble Molasses. Highlights on Pink Abyss include Bright Guilty World, which features beautifully seductive vocal work of Elizabeth Anka Vajagic who will be releasing a long-awaited solo record on constellation early next year. handsomely packaged in beautiful cardstock jacket.