To celebrate the release of ‘Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)’, Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons have unveiled the video, shot in New York and directed by Chris Rubino. One of the year’s more unique and distinctive electronic music releases, the track features Pakistan’s leading Qawwali singers Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad and Hamza Akram, who appear together on film for the first time ever in the video.
The single is the first release from Lazarus’s new collaborative artist project, which will build towards an album and live shows in early 2015.
Lazarus has been joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence), with album recording sessions completed in Mexico in February. Ancient Moons brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players, from around the world, with more details of this heady mix to be released in the near future.
Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival in Mexico, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.
On ‘Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)’, the Qawwali superstars sing of cosmic love, and the four eyes of the lovers becoming one, reflected in the imagery of the video. Set to Lazarus and Ford’s incendiary techno production, the result has been causing chaos on the dancefloor. Early tastemaker reactions has seen everyone from Skrillex to the BBC Asian Network, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs to Carl Craig chiming their approval, and with Pete Tong awarding ‘Lovers’ Eyes’ Essential New Tune on Radio 1, this has all the hallmarks of being one of those wonderful electronic music curveballs that confuses and delights in equal measure.
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