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Jerusalem In My Heart reveal new track from second album of expansive Montreal via Beirut compositions, named ‘If He Dies, If If If If If If’‏

July 5, 2015
 Joseph Yarmush

Joseph Yarmush

 

JERUSALEM IN MY HEART REVEAL NEW TRACK FROM SECOND ALBUM OF EXPANSIVE MONTREAL VIA BEIRUT COMPOSITIONS, NAMED ‘IF HE DIES, IF IF IF IF IF IF’
RELEASE DATE: 4 SEPT
  Ahead of the September release of If He Dies, If If If If If If, their much-anticipated second LP, Montreal experimental ensemble Jersualem In My Heart are sharing a new song from the forthcoming album.
  “7ebr El 3oyoun” (“Ink Of The Eyes”) begins with an arresting passage of Radwan Moumneh’s mournful melismatic vocal work buoyed by sparse atmospherics, patiently presenting melodic themes that then reshape into a hypnotically raw, syncopated and accelerating acoustic riff, propelled by Moumneh’s buzuk and hand percussion from guest Pierre-Guy Blanchard (of Pacha). Listen to the track below, and revisit the album trailer created by JIMH visual mastermind Charles-André Coderre.
IF HE DIES, IF IF IF IF IF IF TRACK LISTING:
 
1. Al Affaq, Lau Mat, Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau Lau
(The Hypocrite, If He Dies, If If If If If If)
2. A Granular Buzuk
3. 7ebr El 3oyoun (Ink Of The Eyes)
4. Qala Li Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa Kafa
(To Me He Said Enough Enough Enough Enough Enough Enough
5. Lau Ridyou Bil Hijaz (What If The Hijaz Was Enough?)
6. Ta3mani; Ta3meitu (He Fed Me; I Fed Him)
7. Ah Ya Mal El Sham (Oh The Money of Syria)
8. 2asmar Sa7ar (The Brown One Cast A Spell)
  Jerusalem In My Heart will hit the road in October in definitive form as an audio-visual duo (following a recent string of live dates with Suuns in support of the two groups’ recently released collaborative self-titled LP): music will be performed by Moumneh, with multiple screen 16mm film projections deployed by Coderre. The primarily Canadian tour kicks off with appearances at Pop Montreal and at Quebec’s Le Cercle (where both the Suuns/JIMH project and stand-alone JIMH will perform) and crosses the continent to end in Victoria B.C., after which both groups will head to Europe (about which more info to follow later).

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
16.09.15 Montreal, QC – Rialto Theatre, Pop Montreal
30.09.15 Quebec, QC – Le Cercle
01.10.15 Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep Inn
02.10.15 Toronto, ON – Feast In The East
03.10.15 Guelph, ON – Silence
06.10.15 Chicago, IL – Schubas
07.10.15 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Centre
08.10.15 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
09.10.15 Saskatoon, SK – Vangelis Tavern
10.10.15 Edmonton, AB – The Brixx Bar & Grill
11.10.15 Calgary, AB – Broken City
13.10.15 Vancouver, BC – The Media Club
14.10.15 Victoria, BC – Copper Owl
PRAISE FOR 2013’S MO7IT AL-MO7IT:
“The buzuk and zurna are played clean and processed while classic Arabic melismatic singing is melded to electronic textures and found sounds. The effect can be gentle, as on “3andalib Al-Furat”, where an acoustic instrumental is enhanced by birdsong, or far more transformative as on “Yudaghdegh El-Ra3ey Walal-Ghanam” where a pulsing synth undertow brings a glistening modernism to the traditional vocal melodies. The mix between elements shifts from track to track, but there is a common heartfelt yearning and emotion that unifies the album.”WIRE
“A gauzy enigma of echo-drenched Arabic vocals, twanging buzuk, and grainy, over-saturated electronics.” – THE LIST
“This is a significant trope for strange and powerful music: JIMH might be an art group, but the weight of political debate is not far off. Indeed, the sighing, melismatic vocal of ‘Yudaghdegh El-ra3ey Walal-Ghanam’ speaks volumes. A male vocal placed over some electronic fuzz and a rhythm racing through a sequencer, it is both wistful and ecstatic.” – NEW INTERNATIONALIST
“The album builds to a grand scale, with insistent reverberating buzuk leading the breathless charge of vocals and electronics. Even stripped of all but the artwork’s lunar cycle traces of the visual aspect, Mo7it Al-Mo7it is a fascinating and subtly realised work from Jerusalem In My Heart, bringing potentially disparate strands to a unique whole.”ROCK A ROLLA
“At once profoundly involving…a supremely powerful record – the sort to alter perceptions, and recompose narrow preconceptions over the creative outpour seeping out of the East. And though Moumneh’s path has been rerooted via Canada, there’s a sense that never shall his homeland cease to course through his atria and ventricles; arteries and veins. And so too should a shrine be carved out in your most vital of organs for this extraordinarily sanguine effort.”DOTS AND DASHES

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