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mada

December 22, 2016

In the second in our series of in-depth interviews with musicians, Kamila Metwaly shares part of an ongoing dialogue with Omar El Abd, contemplating organized sounds vs music, dissecting intention vs intuition and meditating on form vs abstraction (maybe even: unshackling the con- from the artist).

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ma3azef

December 2, 2016

يأخذنا عمر العبد في إصداره الجديد ميوزك فور ذ آنكشس  الصادر من خلال إليان ريكوردز، إلى عالمه الخاص حيث الأصوات الدقيقة والخلل والأصوات الطبيعية والتشويش هي أدوات أساسية، بالإضافة إلى أصوات محيطة وخامات متماسكة تكشف عن مشروع ذو جماليات شديدة الخصوصية وهوية مستقلة.

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vital

November, 2016

I very much Omrr’s foray into similar
territory. What he does is genuinely great music that is both quiet and atmospheric, but also
has that sharp, abstract edge inside, which makes this a damn fine release.

 

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cairoscene

November 22, 2016

By its very nature Music For The Anxious is bound to be a divisive project, and while El Abd’s technical and compositional abilities are evident through his work, by breaking the conventional rules of tonality and song structure he disorients you in the most thrilling and unexpected ways. Ambient music is definitely a niche as far a genres go, but if the purpose of all art is to evoke emotion, then Music For The Anxious does this expertly.

 

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tinumixtapes

November 15, 2016

“This City Lies” by omrr (a project from Cairo-based guitarist/sound artist Omar El Abd), stirs electronic detritus and guitar scratch into a gentle eddy, then makes a graceful retreat, revealing a world of swirling almost-rhythms and miniature glitches in brief bloom. The accompanying video plays scintillating time-lapse and wooded scenes against the presence of human activity and perception. A meaningfully unknowable sensory balm from omrr’s new Eilean release, Music for the Anxious.

 

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sowhat

November 15, 2016

“It is a free flow of impressions defined as “Music For The Anxious”, a journey through uncharted worlds, details which says more than the overall view.”

 

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musicwontsaveu

November 13, 2016

“Music For The Anxious” parla infatti il linguaggio internazionale di un minimalismo applicato a una ricca tavolozza di suoni d’ambiente e filigrane acustiche, giustapposte nella definizione volutamente sfocata di bozzetti impressionistici, le cui tessere seguono un processo di ricombinazione lenta ma costante. Lungi dal suscitare stati d’ansia, le otto tracce che formano il lavoro descrivono invece un microcosmo al tempo stesso placido e brulicante, nel quale gravitano screziature ritmiche e frammenti di rumore più o meno saturo, ma anche un assortimento di vibrazioni e stille acustiche, a tratti trasformati in linee armoniche vere e proprie.

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beachsloth

November 11, 2016

Omrr explores the cartography of the serene on “Music For The Anxious”. With lovely, crystal-clear tones the songs radiate warmth. The way these sounds effortlessly combine is quite astounding, as elements of found sound give it a tactile sensibility while the hovering drones lurking all around allow it a classical kind of sensibility. Ensuring that is remains somewhat unpredictable are the light whirring interruptions that punctuate the pieces at random intervals. Best taken in as a whole the way the songs interact is stunning. Reminiscent at times of Shuttle358’s work, the songs teem with light & life.

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cairoscene

February 10, 2016

With Mayday the artist picks up again where he left off before the blossoming booty call, this time a bit happier, strumming some electric guitar chords, and hitting on some very nice clicks and glitches, making for one of our favourite tracks. Nods starts with a pulsing gate, or delay effect on some noise, and a synth protruding over; it is a fine sonic piece with evidence of El-Abd’s production skills – which are prevalent throughout the album. What remains is an obscure track with a Japanese title that translates to Dream of Japan, and Cirrus an old release by El-Abd offered as a bonus track. Both are outstandingly creative, in a minimal way – the best kind. Over all the album is intense. We love it and think that Omar El-Abd is an extremely talented producer that will go far if he continues to produce such outstanding pieces of music.

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