Asma Maroof, Patrick Belaga, Tapiwa Svosve – The Stranger (PAN 134S)



Asma Maroof, Patrick Belaga and Tapiwa Svosve share ‘The Stranger’, the first single from the upcoming full-length album ‘The Sport of Love’ out via PAN on May 26th.

On The Sport of Love, seasoned collaborators Asma Maroof, Patrick Belaga and Tapiwa Svosve consider the language, competition and contradiction of modern romance: its yearning, incomprehensible vastness and the inevitable darkness and fleeting fragility. For the trio, love is the emotion that propels all of us whether we acknowledge it or not, and its expression can be realized in many forms.

Everything comes into sharp focus on the album’s lengthy central piece ‘The Stranger’, that brings in additional instrumentation from harpist Ayha Simone and percussionist Mathieu Edward. The three friends saw this particular composition as a journey within itself, charting the anxiety, harmony and uncertainty of love. Shifting from gooey freeform jazz into gurgling noise and bleak ambient drone, it connects the dots between Dorothy Ashby, Arve Henriksen, Jon Hassell and Hildur Guðnadóttir while voyaging into parts unknown. It’s a finale of sorts that wrestles with the complexity of the album’s themes, returning to earlier refrains and prolonging their tension.

Mixed by Daniel Pineda
Mastered by Sam John at Precise Mastering
Artwork by Tosh Basco


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