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Locals Only Album Review: Sahab - 11:59

I'm starting to think Sahab may be a serial killer.

The conclusion of a recent video series promoting his new album 11:59 ends with an implied nefarious deed, the second of its kind if you consider the ending of his video for "No?"  Luckily he's not so much taking lives as he is killing it in the studio (couldn't resist the pun).  With 11:59 Sahab once again proves to be a master of the soundboard, exquisitely manipulating all manner of sounds to delve into the midnight heart of the city.

11:59 is similar in tone and ambition to Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  The content is all excess, drugs, and revenge fantasies, as in the beautifully arranged "SnakesDontWalkTheySlither".  Every song is filled to the brim with prismatic touches, from skittering beats to Sahab's signature heart piercing lead guitar (see the amazing "Beautiful"), which adds menace and longing to each song.  It's all just so fucking gorgeous!

Just like Kanye though, Sahab can occasionally overindulge, preferring to lengthen some songs to the breaking point.  Still, more often than not, it affords the listener an opportunity to further revel in the worlds he so expertly creates.
For more information on Sahab, visit the following links:

Be sure to buy his album on iTunes beginning tomorrow!  Oh, and he's got an album release show August 30th over at Strummers!  You want to go to there!

Cristobal Carrillo
August 26, 2013


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