***It took more than just some time and imagination to believe that Carte Blanche, this piece of astonishing contemporary music by some of the most talented and able musicians of the international avant-circuit, could be realized. Karkhana, a highly explosive mostly Middle Eastern/Mediterranean ensemble (Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush, Shalabi Effect, Dwarfs Of East Agouza), Sharif Sehnaoui (“A”Trio), Michael Zerang (Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Jaap Blonk, Vandermark, etc.) Mazen Kerbaj (“A”Trio), Maurice Louca (Dwarfs Of East Agouza), Tony Elieh, Umut Caglar (Konstrukt)) is weaving a tapestry of sound for Egyptian songstress Nadah El Shazly’s voice to slide deep into. On the other side, two Grand Seigneurs of underground, Ex-Sun City Girls & Rangda guitar whirlwind Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant (Maybe Mental) play it loud. Far Eastern Post Industrial. Very heavy, sharp and crystal clear. Ripe.
“Carte Blanche” will be released as a one-time pressing on 140g. black vinyl. Wrapped into an extra heavy deluxe cover and a printed cardboard insert.
This time our extra-split 7” which is available with the album as the DeLuxe edition (150 copies) features Sir Richard Bishop & W.David Oliphant performing a mystic eastern industrial theme while Karkhana is standing in flames, high on fire with a driving performance extraordinaire. This ensemble is incredible and they’re sound is unique. Don’t miss it, trust me with this one… Ah, by the way …In Spring of 2019 a sister release to “Carte Blanche” will see the light of day….
“Throughout the past few years Unrock’s Saraswati Series became fairly well known for exceedingly well curated and elegantly presented records, pairing hand-picked artists to showcase their musical excellence. Collecting duo recordings of Sir Richard Bishop and W. David Oliphant on one side and the Eastern psychedelic/free-jazz outfit Karkhana graced by the vocal extravaganza of Nadah El Shazly on the other the latest edition of the Saraswati Series easily adds to the high-quality standards of the label’s catalogue. Fearless creativity, boundless experimentalism and discreet craftmanship melted into haunting and hypnotic music. Easier said than done but seemingly effortless delivered on “Carte Blanche”. Voilà! “
LP Side A : Sir Richard Bishop & W. David Oliphant
A1 : Rakshasa
A2 : Axiulou
LP Side AA : Karkhana with Nadah El Shazly
AA1 : Enlevez les trottoirs, je n’ai plus nulle part où me rendre
AA2 : Dans ma bouche, une autre bouche
AA3 : Prends-moi en photo pendant que je pleure
Recorded by Fadi Tabbal on January 14/15, 2018 at Inter Arts Center, Malmö. Mixed at Tunefork Studios, Beirut.
7″ Side A
Sir Richard Bishop & W.David Oliphant – Yakasha
7″ Side AA
Karkhana – Rock Farock (Live)
Vinyl cut by Peter Koerfer at Ivory Tower.