Angel Bat Dawid - Hush Harbor Mixtape Vol. 1 Doxology (International Anthem, 2021)

Angel Bat Dawid - Hush Harbor Mixtape Vol. 1 Doxology (International Anthem, 2021)


The story of the work of Angel Bat Dawid is a story of resistance, a series of acts of defiance against those who continue to undermine and overlook the history and culture of black America. Whether operating in the field of contemporary jazz, intrepid live shows or abstract improvisations, the clarinetist and sonic archeologist from Chicago taps into what seems to be an infinite well of energy, opening up new paths with every step she takes.

This playlist is deeply entangled with the history of black America, and it brings her back into a creative limbo, a place that is both unique and beyond the horizon of the expected. This music is a meditation on her african american heritage, but one which invites everyone into its revery, weaves together a spiders web suspended just above normal consciousness, where surprise follows surprise in a deep flow of sensation. Hush Harbour is a transmission from the multiverse, its sequencing a soak in a hot spring. The anxiety and frustration mixed into a potion that both is both deeply soothing and makes you kind of wild.

Inspired by the figure of the Brazilian Saint, Escrava Anastacia, Dawid uses material from her own solo work to build a set of soundscapes where the expressiveness of her clarinet floats free above synthesisers and science fiction R&B. Everything, absolutely everything on this record arrives as a revelation: the message, the sound, the treatment of the vocals, everything together makes a kind of portal to another reality, a reality that Dawid navigates with a grace and naturalness that is startling. She has such track record of working at these heights that it should, by now, surprise no one... and yet, I´m here, my jaw on the floor and my heart in my hands.

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