This album is like the scariest of folk tales set to music and arranged for the post-industrial age to appeal to a contemporary audience who wants their world music heavy, their shamans sacrificing humans and their zombies real. I love when music plays with my mind, sanity and nerves, but whenever it’s made in US, Europe or even Japan, it inadvertently feels somehow artificial. Well, Rûwâhîne is like a soundtrack to a pre-ACLU anthropological documentary, it’s the real deal. It scares me shitless, it makes me feel cold and stuck in a desert full of ancient blood magic, and it’s the most beautiful thing ever.
Rûwâhîne by Ifriqiyya Electrique
Released by Glitterbeat Records in 2017