Release date
1 Sep 2009
Running length
12 tracks
Running time



    Track     Duration Listeners
1 From the Cliff Above the Atlantic 3:23 808
2 Opium and the Royal Children 2:55 748
3 New Some City 3:07 1,216
4 Dear Pastel Family 3:42 736
5 My Affair with the Candle Maid 3:41 710
6 Hello Cash 3:12 921
7 Androgynous 4:38 951
8 Child-Bearer 3:49 684
9 Utilitarianist in Hell 4:00 673
10 The Needs of Pixies 3:19 766
11 Aphrodite 4:59 580
12 Tower of Babel 4:00 706

About this album

Download the album for free at www.jhameel.com

Jhameel presents a blend of orchestral instruments, makeshift percussion, pop vocal melodies, and ambient synthesizers that creates an unfamiliar yet warm atmosphere.

From sounds like the splash of water and the collision of silverware in “Opium and the Royal Children,” to the violin and cello ensemble comprising the eerie timbre of “Child-bearer,” or the grandiose mix of electronic drums and live strings in “Tower of Babel,” his music proves eclectic, refreshing, and catchy.

The lyrics, which are as delicate and complex as the sound, revolve around such topics as Middle Eastern womanhood, homosexuality, and urban prostitution, giving voice to the silent margins of society.

At live performances, Jhameel utilizes violin, trumpet, xylophone, percussion, guitar, and vocals to create intricate arrangements. In order to perform multiple instruments at once, he records musical phrases on-stage using a loop station. He then adds more layers to the songs by playing over himself, creating a surprisingly full sounding ensemble.

personal info
With musical aspirations set aside, Jhameel was first set on the path to officer-ship in the United States Army. Although his linguistic skills in Arabic, Spanish, Korean, and Russian were highly rewarded in the military, Jhameel quit before signing an irrevocable contract due to personal beliefs about U.S. presence in the Middle East.

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