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Review: Salim Ghazi Saeedi - namoWoman
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namoWoman
 Artist: Salim Ghazi Saeedi
 Album: namoWoman
 Date of Release: 2012/10
 Label: Prvt.
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 Country of Release: IRN
 Genre/s: 1) Rock
2) World


 Sub-Genre/s: 1) Prog Rock, Fusion
2) Iranian, Persian, Prog Rock
 Type: Studio
   Time: 40:13
   Date of Review: 2013/02/12
   Web Site: http://www.salimworld.com/
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namoWoman

Salim Ghazi Saeedi's namoWoman was privately released in October 2012 but fortunately has excellent international distribution through an US distributor. I say fortunately advisedly, because this is an album with real wow factor that should be heard widely. Ghazi Saeedi released three albums with well known Iranian band Arashk, and this is his third solo release as a 'one-man band.'

namoWoman is a striking album that essentially blends prog rock and metal, and underpins this blend with the use of the microtones of Persian classical music. Remarkably, even to the ear unaccustomed to microtonal music, this should not sound as strange as it may seem, the music always remains accessible.

The result of this blend is a fascinating and indeed beautiful album. The nearest you might come to in terms of previous music might perhaps be Robert Fripp and King Crimson. But Ghazi Saeedi's influences run deep and very varied, from Jeff Beck to Nirvana and more.

namoWoman is clearly also a concept album. This concept seems also well expressed by the deconstructionist use and sequence of the individual pieces' titles, running from namoW all the way through to Woman. The concept is that of duality, particularly that of the duality of gender. The cover, with Caravaggio's Medusa, further suggests castration, and thus, the music, titles and cover suggest a deconstruction of the duality, and then rebuilding of sexual or gender identity. An obvious concept, but one that seems to work well in the music.

The inside of the cover also features a short text in 'Babelish,' a 'conlang,' a language specially constructed for this album. Like all such linguistic constructs, this is rather thick to penetrate and does not seem to contribute substantially to the music. Let the music speak for itself. Which it does supremely eloquently.

Ghazim Saeedi serves up some of the most interesting, nay fascinating music in the prog rock / avant rock / prog metal fusion arena with namoWoman that it has been my pleasure to encounter in a very long time, and some of the most beautiful as well.

Wonderfully consistent throughout, namoWoman is as mesmerising as Medusa, except it won't turn you to stone. This album is truly addictive rather than merely compelling. It is one of those extremely rare prog rock type albums in recent years that I have found myself happy to listen to again and again.

Salim Ghazi Saeedi's namoWoman is a must have for any even vague aficionado of prog rock, avant rock, prog metal and anything vaguely related.
 

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Track List:

 1. namoW - 4:11
 2. nam - 4:39
 3. amo - 4:49
 4. moW - 4:45
 5. oWo - 4:35
 6. Wom - 4:25
 7. oma - 4:19
 8. man - 4:17
 9. Woman - 4:07


All compositions by Salim Ghazi Saeedi

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Credits:

Salim Ghazi Saeedi - guitars, basses, keyboards, drums

 

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