Yara Asmar - Home Recordings 2018-2021 [Cassette]
Catalogue No.: HMR020
Release Date: 30 Sep 2022
01. it's always october on sunday
02. sleeping in church - tape 1 - on a warm day i turned to tell you something but there was nothing there
03. fish can't tie their shoelaces, silly
04. we put her in a box and never spoke of it again
05. there is a science to days like these (but i am a slow learner)
06. 4 is an okay number
07. thanks for coming
'Yara Asmar is a 25 year old multi-instrumentalist, video artist and puppeteer currently living in Beirut with her cat, Mushroom.
Hive Mind are thrilled to be working with her and to bring you this wonderful debut album of music she recorded at home on cassettes and a mobile phone over the past few years. On it you'll hear her play a range of instruments including the piano, her grandmother's old accordion which she found in the attic of her grandparent's home in Lebanon, the metallophone, synth, and various deconstructed and disassembled toy pianos and music boxes. You'll also hear her field-recordings of hymns sung in churches around Lebanon which Yara has turned into waltzes.
These beautifully melodic works contain recognisable elements of classical music wrapped in layers of tape hiss, synth wash, reverb and delay and disturbed by the metallic percussive sounds of the dissembled music boxes. The atmosphere of melancholy that pervades the album should be familiar to anyone living in the 21st Century.'
All music composed, performed, recorded and produced by Yara Asmar at her home in Beirut
Mastered by Marc Teare
Photography by Yara Asmar
Design by Marc Teare
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