“Bedouin Cowboy” weaves together folk, country, blues and hip-hop stylings and tells the story of a working man, insecure yet braggadocios, foul-mouthed but somehow wholesome. The songs are steeped in Persian culture, street history and the painfully personal battle-cries of a father, lover and first generation Iranian immigrant.
Each song plays like a recipe, with sonic and lyrical ingredients that explore the flavors of blue collar life. They generally fall in to the categories of "love songs" and "fight songs" - but each cuts at its theme at an odd angles. Saffron Stew prescribes an exact cooking method for love done right; Flight 2000 is a love song to a pinball machine and Oh, Satan is a love song between nations. Javalinas, a lullaby, is a sort of love song for Seven's three year old son.
Killing Clark Kent dangles an odd, 80's groove over the festering lyrics of a man living in fear of his true power. An odder character narrates The Beastly Ballad of Train Wreck Mossadeg, the folk version of a battle rap, and nod to the old school.
None of the instruments on “Bedouin Cowboy” are live, (with the exception of the two guitar solos) and the vocals and harmonies display Seven harmonizing with himself, singing into a run-of-the-mill cellphone headset.
How good can an album recorded on a cell phone be?
You be the judge.
released April 1, 2016
Written, performed, recorded and produced by Muhammad Seven for Studio In A Bowl Records. Bonus content included with download: PDF liner notes booklet and Muhammad Seven KYRS interview.
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