A mysterious psychedelic masterpiece: the Middle Eastern music of Moontribe is restored from tapes by Fortuna

 

Moontribe and their collection of deeply rich and heady music is a fantastic treasure that has been thankfully reissued by Fortuna Records. The Tel Aviv based collective will drop this essential artefact on September 28th.

The music is a brew of tribal percussion, hypnotising organs and long echo ripples. African drums, hints of cumbia and the spaced-out sound that Fortuna has been celebrating, through its reissues, are ever present. This release will definitely appeal to fans of Sun Ra and Idris Ackamoor, while providing that uniqueness that fans of the label now yearn for.

On the origin of the recording, the label explains “The two-inch tapes we were handed had no date. The album was, however, recorded by about a dozen musicians, following one spiritual leader, in one, unedited session. Whatever was played on the session ended up on the tape. The group chose to withhold mentioning their names in order to “strip a sense of self” from what they believe, becoming a vessel for a higher being, carrying signals they do not fully comprehend. All we could do is respect their wishes.

“Channelling a triangular pattern between traditional African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern influences, the psychedelic congregation stretch their hallucinogenic message deep into the cosmos, touching the stars and offering a “lament for a moon that never had its own moon”.”

The collective continue to gain critical acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson. Their world-class Boiler Room set in 2013 is a must see and future shows look very appealing. It all means that Fortuna Records are a leading light in terms of musical discovery and they continue to captivate here with another essential and coveted recording.

To pre-order, go to Fortuna Records’ Bandcamp.

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