Hyperborea

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7.50
The gist Exiled front-man doesn't let distance stand in the way of progress The music Kamal Rasool just can't catch a break. No sooner had he morphed his DIY bedroom project Flamingods into a full on proper 5-piece, he found himself banished from the UK due to "visa issues". Not one to be beaten, this record was put together globally, with band members sending in their parts over the internet. How romantic. But actually, the first thing that strikes me about Hyperborea is that it doesn't sound phoned-in in any way shape or from. It sounds organic and meditative, like it was laid down in a smokey old studio in the middle of nowhere. The only real tell tale sign of this internet based approach to recording is that the tracks all stand alone, there's no particular rolling narrative to the album, where you'd imagine at least some track to track bleeding if they were recorded in one studio at one point in time, There's often a distinctly danceable nature to these tracks despite the inherent weirdness of it all (a remix album would also be awesome). Yes, Hyperborea is outsider art in the strictest sense, but at it's core is a warm and fuzzy soul, putting paid to the rule that long distance relationships never work. Listen to "Vimana" - the album opener tells you all you need to know about Hyperborea: it's going to be a weird trip. Mixed up would-be percussion samples loop around and around to form a tribal bedding for some mantra-like vocals. This is world music, it's just hard to pin down which planet it's coming from. Listen if... you want to hear something genuinely unique.

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