Jerusalem In My Heart share new track & video, “Abyad Barraq”

Jerusalem In My Heart have shared a new track and video “Abyad Barraq“, which is taken from their new album Qalaq (out on October 8th via Constellation) and it features drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Ex Eye, Zs, GDFX). The new video features the 16mm analog film work of new JIMH duo member Erin Weisgerber.

Erin Weisgerber’s frenetic and elegiac video for “Abyad Barraq” opens with intense blasts of rapid-fire hand-processed film frames, gradually moving from pure abstraction to recognisable imagery, using the pictures of Beirut-based photographer Tony Elieh as source material. “Abyad Barraq” turns from maximalist blast beats (courtesy Greg Fox) processed and sung over by JIMH composer/producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, to a haunting drone where Moumneh’s Arabic vocal and modular synthesis inscribe shattering mournful melodic invocations. Weisgerber’s film similarly shifts to longer shots of Elieh’s photography, which documents the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion but also inescapably evokes the city’s deeper tragic histories of destruction and devastation. The final series of untreated and re-projected photographic stills at the end of the “Abyad Barraq” film include Elieh images featured in the Qalaq album packaging.

About “Abyad Barraq”, Greg Fox said: “Ever since first hearing JIMH, I’ve wanted to collaborate. I’ve always resonated deeply with Radwan’s creative approach to music making, and on a deeper level, I feel we connect regarding what I would describe as a deep urge for justice and liberation on a global scale. I feel close to this work even though I am only drumming on the opening track. It is an honour to be part of this record.”

Listen to “Abyad Barraq” and watch the video for it below:


31.10 Brussels BE • Botanique/Rotonde
01.11 Diksmuide BE • 4AD
03.11 Nantes FR • Le Lieu Unique
04.11 Bordeaux FR • Blonde Venus
05.11 Bourges FR • Antre Peaux/Nadir
06.11 Dijon FR • La Vapeur
07.11 Geneva CH • Cave12 *
08.11 Clermont-Ferrand FR • La Coopérative de Mai **
09.11 Lille FR • L’Aéronef **
10.11 Metz FR • Chapelle des Trinitaires ***
12.11 Paris FR • La Station
15.11 Munich DE • Rote Sonne
17.11 Genoa IT • La Claque
18.11 Terni IT • Teatro Secci
19.11 Ravenna IT • Bronson
20.11 Cornuda IT • Tipoteca Italiana
26.11 Montréal CA • La Cinémathèque
27.11 Montréal CA • La Cinémathèque
04.12 Ottawa CA • Arts Court (Pique Series)
07.12 Quebec CA • Grand Théâtre

* w/Jessica Moss ** w/Thurston Moore Group *** w/Ana Roxanne

Photo credit: Isabelle Stachtchenko
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