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Sizzling mutations of shaabi, or Arabic pop music, from Beirut’s Raed Yassin and Swiss multi-instrumentalist Paed Conca. Imagine Mutamassik, Muslimgauze and Konstrukt on the lash after a wedding with Omar Souleyman Band, and someone’s spiked the punch… Check for maddest highlights in their dizzying harmonic swirler, ’The Odyssey of the Blue Flies’ and the intoxicating swagger of ‘Hatem Imam the Love of the Millions’
“Founded by Lebanese visual artist and musician Raed Yassin and Swiss musician Paed Conca in 2006, Praed is a band whose musical oeuvre can be described as a mixture of Arabic popular music, free jazz, and electronics. Over the years, the duo has collaborated with renowned musicians from across the globe, including Axel Dörner and Johannes Bauer from Germany, Hans Koch from Switzerland, Takumi Seino and Maki Hachiya from Japan, and Stéphane Rives from France, among others.
Praed's body of work explores the terrain of shaabi (Arabic popular music) and its interconnectedness with other hypnotic music genres. Since its inception, the duo has shown a keen interest in this music as a medium that reflects Egyptian society's complicated fabric. Through their research and thanks to numerous concerts in various Egyptian cities, Conca and Yassin discovered a strong cultural connection between shaabi sounds and the mouled music played in religious trance ceremonies. The hypnotizing psychedelic effect embedded in this genre incited Praed to explore other popular music from around the world that also employs forms of sonic delirium, such as free jazz, space jazz, and psychedelic rock, among others, and effectively incorporate these in their own musical concoctions.
The Fabrication of Silver Dreams is the duo's fourth album and their second for Lebanese independent music label Annihaya Records. Paed Conca: electric bass, clarinet, electronics, percussion; Raed Yassin: keyboards, electronics, vocals. With: Fadi Tabbal: electric guitar; Sharif Sehnaoui: electric guitar; Khaled Yassine: riq. Recorded and mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut. Mastered by Stefan "Lopazz" Eichinger at Mixmastering.”