A Soaring Pray For Freedom: Warren Ellis – Mustang

In the Jewish Hagada, the book that the family reads together near the dinner table at Passover, they tell the story of the Jewish people in their long journey from their slavery time in Egypt, towards the land of Israel,  where they became free.
It’s a story about determination, courage, and faith. I don’t know if god exists or not, but the essence of faith in something that is bigger then them, gave them the power to go through all that, towards the end goal. It’s a story about a battle for life.

Yet often you go into the battlefield to fight for your causes, and you have no idea how it’ll end. You can of course, die, physically or spiritually, but you can also become the greatest winner. This is not always up to you. The choice of going to the battle IS.
The little child in Mustang understood it very well. She saw freedom disappearing from her life gradually and decided to fight back.
For what’s life without freedom? How can one live under oppression? I see it everyday in my country, with my country opresses millions. They fight back. I would have fought back too.
When you got nothing, and got nothing to lose right, the fight is less scary, it’s the only way.

The little girl fought for her freedom, The Jewish people fought the same fight too, thousands of years ago, and we all fighting for a personal freedom everyday.
Not to become corporate slaves, not to lose yourself in a relationship, not to become your children’s greatest pleaser, not to eat the doughnut.

Fights for freedom always worth it. To me, death is better than living in slavery or oppression of any kind. Life itself is meaningless if you can’t look back in retrospect and claim to yourself that yeah, some of the time you were oppressed, but most of the time you fought it. You didn’t win every day, but you did your best. And that, like Mark Arm said, is good enough.

So Warren Ellis’ violin glues together this concept of oppression-fight for freedom in a beautiful way. Though the film’s plot takes place in Turkey and you may expect the music will go towards that direction, it remains super environmental, free from borders and cultural definitions of sounds and harmony. just a soaring violin pray for liberation and independency.

When I sat in the movie theatre, that soaring pray by Ellis was what made me feel the hero’s experience, and link it to my own personal experience. His music made and still makes me think of my own liberation.
Luckily, in so many aspects in life, I can say to myself, yeah man, you eventually did your way, but you have a long way to go. And that music by Warren Ellis escorts this stream of thought, and paints it in dark-happy colors.
The Mustang soundtrack was released by the great Milan Records.
Warren Ellis Mustang Soundtrack

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Looking Forward: On Rafael Anton Irisarri’s New Fragile Geography

I always think of the place where I live as a geographical challenge.
It’s a challenge because of its fragility. In our perspective of separate self, it’s very easy to think that our own reality is the harshest, that’s why the expression ‘first world problems’ was coined eventually. Rafael Anton Irisarri‘s new album is titled “A Fragile Geography”.
We both share an observing look on the place where we live.

Rafael Anton Irisarri - a Fragile Geography











Listening to it today again while writing these lines, it’s another crazy middle eastern evening full of madness, I realized that, not surprisingly at all, the soul can’t calm down anywhere, or if you wish – everywhere you go, you always take the weather with you.

You can feel the stress in this album, you can feel that the soul isn’t quiet, but of course, as always with Rafael’s music, you can hear the still water that are waiting there under the gushing waves. In the depths, where the most beautiful fish swim and where the water are not as heavily polluted by industrialism, everything is in its right place.
Rafael had a little tragedy where two years ago, a truck that moved his entire studio, was stolen. All musical instruments, computers, music stored as data, it was all gone. That can really kill you.

Glenn Jones had a similar tragedy, when a serious computer crash deleted all the work he did on the Dust To Digital Fahey box set, so he had to start all over. I bet that the new work was better than the original versions, in Glenn’s case. And I hear a new Rafael in the new album as well. It might be his natural artistic escalation, but I hear something else. Somewhat of a reborn person, someone who looked face to face with reality, and reality was forced to look down and away.

So it’s a buddhist album in a way. Handling each day at the time with its ups and downs and stolen trucks, and mainly try to capture the sound of now, and maybe even the sound of upcoming bright future, but refuses to look back. And this is why it’s his best album to date. Looking forward as an approach to life. I admire that.

They wrote in the press release – “Empire Systems, the album’s centerpiece, perfectly encapsulates this mood of flux: a rich and harmonically saturated monolith of sound, restless and constantly reaching outwards.”

I guess they were right. Reaching outwards.
The album was released on Room40 and available on  LP/Mp3 

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Al Caiola – Sounds for Spies and Private Eyes

Just look at this album cover and tell me it won’t make you go and press play immediately.
Al Caiola - Music For Spies

Al Caiola was a guitar player, he recorded countless of studio hours for others and released several of great albums, in the ‘space-age / bachelor’s pad’ style of music (exotica).
Sounds for Spies and Private Eyes is an oh-so-cool album of famous spy movies themes and some originals in that style, an album that you’d want to throw a party just to play it.

Caiola’s guitar is really cool and ease, he’s the man, you want him to not only play the guitar for you in your wedding, you want him to bring peace in the middle east, end the humanitarian crises around the world, control the weapon in the US, and of course – throw Monsanto captains to jail. That’s how cool he is. In this album, he sounds like he can do everything.
To Trap a Spy








And the big band with him is incredible. The brass section is furious, the arrangements are brilliant. You’ve heard some of the pieces before, so you’re gonna feel at home with the music, and starting your day with this album will totally gonna rock your day. It it’ll fail to deliver the promise, call Caiola. He’ll save you.


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