Tricontinental Circus

A 11 track experimental album (34m 40s) — released November 29th 2019 on Inversions

After the release of Technique & Rite in 2017, and the album Terminal Desert release under the name LaBrecque / Barakat earlier this year, here comes the second "official" Crème de Hassan record on Inversions.

Whereas the two previous releases were based on longer instrumental jams, Tricontinental Circus is focused on rhythm and language, and the resulting 11 tracks are short and compact, exploring the possibilities of combining these into improbable hybrids.

The tracks include Haitian voodoo rhythms, a Burkinabe flute player aligned with a sequencer and a guitar + synth jam with echoes of the sound of early 1970s Düsseldorf.

The languages that are dispersed across the album come from Cambodia, Afghanistan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco and include an Arabic translation of Nietsche by friend of the band Ayoub El Mouzaine.

The title Tricontinental Circus refers to the Cuban internationalist and leftist magazine Tricontinental, which was founded in 1967, and published in 4 languages until the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The word circus was added as a nod to a soundtrack for a documentary released by Gong.

The album is about coincidence and diversity, infused with a dash of humour as a way of avoiding the traps of clichés, subgenres and other critics prejudices.

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