Sea Urchin is the Berlin-based duo which include Leila Hassan and Francesco Cavaliere. Three years after sophomore album Yaqaza, they announced the release of a new full-length. Tahtib is out tomorrow via Bokeh Version. Full streaming is available via Bandcam. According to the press release, the album is described as food for your mystical post-exotica musical landscape – hand drums played by computers fall with a squelch into the swamp, horses neigh at dub bassists, there’s water everywhere full of urchins and tarot cards and just when you think you need to breathe this record breathes for you.
Tahtib’s future ambient glyphs are matched with the rapid-fire staccato “taks” of imaginary tahtib sticks (tahtib is an Upper Egyptian martial art which was enjoyed and practiced by Leila’s grandfather Baba Aly). Leila Hassan sings seamlessly between Arabic and Italian (and possibly more) breathing pure soundart alchemy across Francesco Cavaliere’s library of sound effects and textures.