After a string of highly praised CD-r's and a recent reissue/repackage on Digitalis, Ilyas Ahmed finally stamps out a proper full length. Vertigo of Dawn is everything that his fleeting CD-r output promised, its full of dark, moody woven guitar tracks whose vocals resemble wordless chants more than true expressions; floating above the pluck and din of his music. Though Ahmed has common ground with pickers like Jack Rose or more closely James Blackshaw, his delicate string work is more often ensconced in buzzing harmonic drones and draped under the call of his enchanting and chilling voice. The line between sinister and holy is definitely blurred through his music and Vertigo is without a doubt the best entry for anyone who hasn't yet been exposed to his craft. The CD and LP are both out in limited forms on Time-Lag, who have outdone themselves in mirroring the beauty of this album with the care and detail in packaging. Both are wrapped in gold-tinged cloth with blood-red printing.
[MP3] Ilyas Ahmed - Under the Singing Sea
[MP3] Ilyas Ahmed - Moon Falling
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