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Track of the Day: The Invisible Hands – Slaughterhouse

The Invisible Hands is a curious project. With a brief body of work that is half Arabic, half English, the band itself is one…

The Invisible Hands is a curious project. With a brief body of work that is half Arabic, half English, the band itself is one fifth American, represented by Alan Bishop (otherwise known as Alvarius B., or the bassist from experimental rock troupe, The Sun City Girls), while the rest of the outfit is comprised of Cairo-based musicians, Adham Zidan, Mohamed Asem, Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda. The major contingent of the group have been active in their local music scene, with the latter two having been members of celebrated Egyptian act, Eskenderella.

The band’s new track, ‘Slaughterhouse’, certainly builds anticipation for the inventive five-piece’s follow-up, Teslam, to 2013’s self-titled debut, which forayed into post-rock, blues and psychedelic folk with innate cross-cultural flair. The song’s jarring kick-off marks the depth of the titular sinisterness; thereafter, warm, inter-woven melodies, a handsome duet from Bishop and Hemeda, and unfiltered rock n’ roll seasonings fuse into a fulfilling, dream-spun three-and-a-half minutes. It’s a splendid single from this act, the existence and popularity of which, in and of itself, is affirming: in spite of Egypt’s turmoil, it’s good to know that life goes on.

 

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