Two years on from the release of Mo7it Al-Mo7it, Montreal based audio-visual performance collective Jerusalem In My Heart have announced its follow-up, If He Dies, If If If If If If.
The project’s mastermind, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, has been busy lending a hand on production and engineering duties for incredible artists like Matana Roberts, Mashrou’ Leila, Ought and Eric Chenaux, not to mention the recent collaborative album with Canadian outfit Suuns.
Currently a duo, with fellow Montreal artist Charles-André Coderre on visual duties, Jerusalem In My Heart conceived and recorded the upcoming If He Dies, If If If If If If in their homes of Montréal and Beirut.
The album sees Moumneh “exploring new deconstructions and juxtapositions of both traditional and popular Arab musical currents”, as the press release describes, “with an album that oscillates between powerfully emotive vocal tunes and instrumental works that primarily make use of Radwan’s expressive acoustic playing on buzuk as a point of departure.”
If He Dies, If If If If If If arrives on September 4th via Constellation Records. To whet our appetite, Jerusalem In My Heart have shared a video featuring stunning new music. Here it is.
As we had mentioned in January, Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart have an eponymous collaborative album on the way, fruit of a week-long recording session in 2012. The album drops on April 14th via Secret City in Canada and Secretly Canadian worldwide. Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart first enticed us with ‘Gazelles In Flight’ and now they are offering an accompanying video for the track, made with found footage. Charles-André Coderre directs. Watch it below.
When two brilliant outfits like Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart team up, it’s reason to celebrate.
Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neil, Max Henry and Joseph Yarmush, who make up Suuns, and longtime friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart rented a studio for a week back in 2012. “The idea was to collaborate on rough sketches of song ideas and to complete as much recording as possible without discrimination”, explains the press release. “The session was successful, yielding many vibe-laden songs featuring heavy analog synths, Arabic influences and electronic sensibilities.”
Both bands released albums and went on tour following these recordings, only to come back to them last summer, when they overdubbed and re-worked the songs. The result will drop in the form of self-titled collaborative album, on April 14th via Secretly Canadian and Secret City. Speaking about it, Suuns’ Shemie said “It’s not a Suuns record, it’s not a Jerusalem In My Heart record. It’s really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.”
To get us enticed, Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart are offering a first tremendous taste from the upcoming release. Listen to ‘Gazelles In Flight’ now.
With just over a couple of weeks to go for Jerusalem In My Heart to drop their debut full-length album Mo7it Al-Mo7it, the Montreal based performance collective dropped another single from the upcoming album. We had previously heard the thrilling first taste ‘Yudaghdegh el-ra3ey walal-ghanam’, and now the outfit of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Jérémie Regnier and Malena Szlam Salazarof shared the album’s arresting opener ‘Koll lil-mali7ati fi al-khimar al-aswadi’, which translates into “Speak of the Woman in the Black Robe”.
Listen to it below and watch out for the release of Mo7it Al-Mo7it on March 19th via Constellation Records.
Jerusalem In My Heart is the Montreal based performance collective formed in 2005 by Lebanese artist Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, currently also comprising French musician and producer Jérémie Regnier and Chilean visual artist and filmmaker Malena Szlam Salazarof.
The result of their two-year collaboration exploring a relationship between music, visuals, projections and audience comes in the shape of a full-length album entitled Mo7it Al-Mo7it, which means “Ocean of the Ocean” according to the outfit’s own poetic interpretation. The press release explains that “the numeral 7 is pronounced like an h; all titles on the album are rendered in contemporary colloquial “mobile” Arabic (the transliterative characters used in Arabic phone texting)”. Mo7it Al-Mo7it is described as “a unique and profoundly emotive album of contemporary Arabic music” where Jerusalem In My Heart “forges a modern experimental Arabic music by wedding melismatic singing in classic Arabic styles and electronic compositions with contemporary electronic production”.
The album is slated for a March 19th release via Constellation Records and pre-order is now available.
‘Yudaghdegh el-ra3ey walal-ghanam’ is the first thrilling taste to emerge from Mo7it Al-Mo7it, listen to it below.