Another absolute stunner from Ahmed, this time bringing his sun-baked psych to the folks over at Root Strata. Where The Vertigo of Dawn lingered in hazy and at times hushed tones, Goner introduces some bite to Ahmed's palate this time 'round. Starting things off with a rusted twinge of distortion over his obscured vocals, the album proves that its not all deft picking in Ilyas' arsenal. He doesn't leave those in favor of verdant acoustic psych wanting though, the album cools its electric burn and returns to caressing the strings by the third song. Striking a nice balance between dust and gravel, Goner is clenched teeth and cool breezes. Ahmed seems to have finally whittled out his place in the murky waters of psychedelia and adding to the otherworldliness of this are the vocals of Grouper's own Liz Harris. On the closing track, her beautiful moan adds just another layer of filtered shimmer to what might be Ilyas' most complete statement yet.
[MP3] Ilyas Ahmed - Love After Love
[MP3] Ilyas Ahmed - Exit Twilight (feat. Grouper)
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