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Haran
     

Haran

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by Pharaoh's Daughter
 
Led by the sweet vocals of singer Basya Schechter, Pharaoh's Daughter weave some very intricate musical patterns that are somewhat psychedelic, primarily worldly and generally quite satisfying. For example, the delicate opener "By Way of Haran" sets the tone for a slightly late-'60s feeling one would get from listening to

Overview

Led by the sweet vocals of singer Basya Schechter, Pharaoh's Daughter weave some very intricate musical patterns that are somewhat psychedelic, primarily worldly and generally quite satisfying. For example, the delicate opener "By Way of Haran" sets the tone for a slightly late-'60s feeling one would get from listening to the Doors, particularly when the keyboard comes in halfway through. The band revisits this realm often, especially with the slow, creeping "Ka Ribon," which shows Schechter's strong vocals over the Middle Eastern arrangement which builds with each verse into a fuller, more appealing and slightly jazzy format. This feeling returns later on during the shuffling, tango-tinged "Hashomer." Although things simmer down with the hypnotic "Samai," Pharaoh's Daughter return with the sultry and stylish "Hagar" which is an early highlight off the record. Perhaps the greatest asset the group has is the ability to seamlessly blend influences from rock and pop along with traditional Middle Eastern influences without compromising or undermining either realm. This is proven again during "Ven Hermosa" which has a fine rhythm that twists and turns throughout the song. Although Schechter gives a myriad of strong performances, perhaps her best is during the infectious "Yona" which is a warm, folksy kind of effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2007
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0616892894025
catalogNumber:
5637553066
Rank:
155325

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pharaoh's Daughter   Primary Artist
Mauro Refosco   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Jason Lindner   Piano,Keyboards
Alan Kushan   Santur,Guest Appearance
Basya Schechter   Saz,Vocals,Oud
Tomer Tzur   Guest Appearance
Anthony Coleman & Selfhaters   Piano,Guest Appearance
Mathias Kunzli   Percussion
Adam Levy   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Daniel Freedman   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Lila Sklar   Violin,Guest Appearance
Frederik Rubens   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Meg Okura   Violin
Raquy Danziger   Kamanche,Guest Appearance
Michal Cohen   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Uri Sharlin   Accordion

Technical Credits

Karl Berger   Adaptation
Michael Dorf   Executive Producer
Ismet Siral   Composer
Franken   Engineer
Albert Leusink   Engineer
Basya Schechter   Adaptation
Anthony Coleman & Selfhaters   Producer
Frederik Rubens   Producer
Patrice Blanchard   Composer

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Haran 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This highly anticipated release lives every bit up to expectations, and then some. With help from producer Fred Rubens, the album showcases the band's signature Middle Eastern sound with modern-day grit and attitude. It features the earnest vocals and oud and saz playing of leader Basya Schechter as well as stellar performances by core band members playing violin, bass, organ, recorders, accordian, drums, and percussion. Rounding it out are solid guest performances including Alan Kushan on santur, Adam Levy (of Norah Jones' band) on guitar, and others. This music is exquisite but edgy, authentic but contemporary, and absolutely infectious. This is World music at its best--intricate and nuanced, but utterly accessible, blending swirling, syncopated seas of polyrhythm with beautiful, singable melodies. Pharaoh's Daughter's scope may be compared to that of Béla Fleck, who also draws from a wide array of musical traditions and sounds. However, while Fleck's combinations can sometimes sound forced, these always seem to work perfectly. Highlights include a Celtic-infused "Kah Ribon" with santur, Jason Lindner's psychedelic organ over Schecter's oud on "By Way of Haran," Levy's guitar on the haunting "Hagar," and the rich, sensuous violin of Meg Okura on "Samai."