Fantastical melding of Indian tabla, slow phrased mournful sax, and weird electronic noise. Often the former two are filtered through the latter. Instrumental, this is strange and hypnotic stuff, subtly noisy, world and jazz altogether. The stuff of dreams. – KZSU Radio
Amoeba Music (Amoeblog)
Eleven Excellent Electronic Albums from 2017
The second part of a three-part tribute to Muslimgauze, this album is a strange mix of reedy ambience and skittery beats. Not easy to classify but very easy to submerge oneself into, these works will transport you to a faraway world, where mystery and intrigue lurk quietly around every turn in the dusty desert road. Apparently only on CD for now, but Taballah I is LP-only, so if that's your preferred format, you can look for that one instead.
The Answer Is In The Beat: Taballah II
I honestly don’t know much about Andy Haas other than that he was in Martha and the Muffins and he’s worked with several prominent downtown NYC folk. This one has saxophone and taal tarang (an electronic tabla) as well as lots of hissy, fuzzy electronic processing. The pulsating electronics remind me of Muslimgauze a bit, but the saxophone drifts off into a different space. There’s some intense sputtering and transforming with the electronic effects here, yet it doesn’t disrupt the saxophone journeying. Sort of space-age, sort of fourth-world, even a tiny bit industrial, but definitely not like anything else.
released July 1, 2017
Produced by Andy Haas
Sax, Monologue, Taal Tarang
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Perkin Barnes at Six 8 Studios NYC in April/May 2017
Cover design by Scott Friedlander
Cover: Archimedes' flute-playing automaton