Veiled Sisters Remix
"Veiled Sisters" was first released by Soleilmoon as a double CD in 1993 (SOL 20 CD). It was received with great acclaim at the time, and is still enjoying steady sales nearly ten years later. Bryn Jones, AKA Muslimgauze, recorded a follow-up in 1996, in which he reworked and recycled the materials into another album. It was delivered to Soleilmoon more as an afterthought than something he intended us to issue. "Veiled Sisters Remix", as the piece was called, was held back from release at Bryn's request, with the reason being given generally that he wanted us to release something else that was "newer and better", in his words. Now more than three years after his death, and with the continued consent of his family, we are pleased to finally be able to issue this forgotten gem of music. It's typical of its period, a time in which his work was reaching a creative zenith, but it stands out for it's unusual use of a single album as its source. In the time between the original "Veiled Sisters" and the "Remix" Bryn acquired and mastered the use of nearly all of the professional studio equipment that was so important to his later works. With this version he felt that he'd finally achieved the true vision of the album that he'd set out to record three years previously. "Veiled Sisters Remix" was designed by Alexander Baumgardt, the noted German designer who designed "Hummus". Both CDs have a similar appearance at first glance, but they are in fact two distinctly different albums.
Press release from Soleilmoon.
The following appeared in Vital.
It might be more then confusing I guess for people to pick up on this new Muslimgauze. The cover has strong similarities to the previous one on Soleilmoon 'Hummus'. A white digipak with yellow letters. These two packages are by far the ugliest Muslimgauze covers I ever saw. Music wise Muslimgauze is in a known territory. Blending sound
pieces from his Veiled Sisters release from 1993, but presented in a remix format. Forty minutes of music, presented as one long piece mark his working method. Fast put together Arabic rhythms, rough song structures, but, as with most Muslimgauze CDs, the occasional great track. One that goes down very well, I guess, for the bigger amount
of Muslimgauze fans.
review by Frans de Waard
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The following appeared on the Islamaphonia 2 mailing list.
I myself by Muslimgauze releases for the music, despite (good or bad) what the artwork my be. Props go to the labels that take the time / effort / $$$ to create a unique "home" for each of Muslimgauze's many, many releases. I don't think it is a ploy by the labels to suck fans into buying a release. I feel it is probably more out of great respect (after all, he has passed) than commercial gain. We all know that many of Muslimgauze's releases are very similar musically, (no Muslimgauze fan can deny that), the artwork is a way to give each release a definite uniqueness of its own.
I finally got Veiled Sisters Remixed. I no longer have the original Veiled Sisters (very low recording level / volume level) but I am completely floored by the remixed version. Back when it first dropped the only comments I recall from this list were people slamming the cheapness of the artwork.
Musically... Veiled Sisters Remixed is a complete clash of Muslimgauze styles (which is why I find it such a good release). The source material is of the Betrayal, Salaam Alekum' Bastard, Arabbox style of Muslimgauze but it is remixed in a completely different direction. The remixed Veiled Sisters is NOT just different variations or versions of the tracks on the original, it is Muslimgauze using only the original Veiled Sisters as source material and creating a completely different CD all together with. to me, it is comparable with how he reworked his own material on the first 2 tracks of Remixs Vol.1. the source 'sounds' are so completely remixed that any comparison to Veiled Sisters 1 are hardly noticeable, yet you can definitely still feel the Veiled Sisters 1 'vibe' in the remixed edition. Even if you did not like the original Veiled Sisters you may greatly enjoy the remixed version, that how different it truly is.
I think the most important aspect of the of artwork for Veiled Sisters Remixed (as well as Hummus) is that Soleilmoon went to the trouble to have both those releases produced in the Czech Republic. It is clear to me that 'they' did NOT want the words of Rumi to be overshadowed by anything (except the music) on these 2 excellent releases and quite honestly it was the first time, (you have a lot of "first times" when collecting Muslimgauze's music), I myself have ever been exposed to any of Rumi 's work.
review by Grady Brown
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The following appeared in Rate Your Music.
This album was literally dropped in my lap, my friend having the insane obsession of collecting most of Bryn Jones' (aka Muslimgauze) extensive work, said he didn't like it but I might. Well la-di-da. So I've been listening to it over the last couple of weeks and while I'm not unfamiliar with Jones' music, I must say I've never really heard anything like this before. The late Jones, who was a Muslim and Palestinian supporter, but not a Muslim himself, managed to capture the sounds and feel of traditional Middle Eastern music, combining it with certain types of techno, ambient and industrial rhythms.
I like this music but too much of it actually gives me the creeps. The tracks are cold, repetitive and clinical, but they do have a way of seeping into your subconsciousness. There are many sampled sounds and voices, which like the music, are also repeated in hypnotic doses. To further abstract things, the voices are usually distorted and sped up or slowed down to add to the general clinical and robotic feel. The CD only has one track, but the remixes contained within are broken up into separate tracks. Much of Jones' work ethic is summed up in how the tracks suddenly abruptly start and stop, suggesting a type of circular pattern, or infinite continuity rather than a more traditional flowing beginning, middle and end.
This isn't easy listening, but if you're into the sounds described above, there are a wealth of Muslimgauze albums to choose from.
reviewed by nealysuperstar
Rate Your Music (May 9, 2010)
October 1, 2020