Boomkat Product Review:
Oneiric Ethiopiyawi Electronics from one of Africa’s most intriguing new artists, presented by Brooklyn’s RVNG Intl.
With memorable introductions made on 1432r Records in 2014, Addis-Ababa’s Mikael Seifu commits a much lusher bind of Ethio-Jazz spirits and traditional melodies in Zelalem - translating from Amharic to “Eternity” in english.
His half hour showcase animates Ethiopian music with a mixture of acoustic instrumentation and an electronic palette, dowsing a mystic sound that may, at times, reflect western styles, but is by no means beholden to them. Sampled vocals weave with jazz-loose gestures and Gas-like ambient swirls in The Solipsist whilst Soul Manifest meets dusky jazz vibes with an R&B soul and How To Save a Life (Vector of Eternity) hustles a swelling mix of folks strings and rustling groove with something approaching a shoe gaze sense of melancholy.
Most impressive of all, however, is ዘላለም (Vector of Light), a refractive, progressive 8.5 minute journey into the heart of his sound whose intricate arrangement defies any easy description...