Nour Mobarak

Father Fugue
Nour Mobarak
Father Fugue
Took us a while to get this Nour Mobarak LP in, less cos of any international customs clusterfuck (although that too was borne) and more cos we were a bit gutted that it was a totally different kettle of cod to her recent 7” as Noor (unquestionably one of the records of this year). Side 1 is given over to the titular piece, in four parts. According to Mobarak, “the left channel is composed of conversations with my father, Jean Mobarak, a polyglot who has a 30-second memory and lives in the mountains of Lebanon. The right channel is composed of improvised song.” OK! The dynamic father-daughter duo speak in four languages (French, Italian, English, and Arabic) which to our parochial, monolingual selves certainly makes things more surreal, and means we experienced the thing more in terms of tone than meaning - at least until we realised there was a full transcription and translation included in the lush 24-page booklet that accompanies the record (don't worry, no spoilers). Side 2 consists of 11 (!) songs or song-fragments which haunt and confound in equal measure, fitfully hinting at the concise avant-pop album Mobarak could have made, but somehow more impressive for taking the long, strange, scenic way round.

£27.99

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