9 August 2019
In this album Azam Ali presents her first self-produced entirely English language album, adding a whole new dimension to an unconventional artist who has always eluded categorization. With Phantoms, Azam Ali pushes through the glass ceiling and enters the largely male dominated tech world to join in the ranks of other visionary female producers who are shifting and shaping the landscape of electronic music. Phantoms draws inspiration from electronic and shoegazing music of the 80’s and 90’s of such groups as Massive Attack, Portishead and Cocteau Twins, combined with influences of moody film soundtracks that combine classical and electronic music.
The result is a lush electronic album infused with dark layers of beats, synths and strings augmented with Azam’s distinct emotive voice. It is an album that is at once melancholic and rapturous, introverted and danceable, dramatic and subtle. Though Phantoms is punctuated with tones of ambient, trip hop and techno, the album withstands any one category of electronic music. This being for the simple reason that Azam Ali continues to stand at the forefront of pushing the sonic envelope and defying genre boundaries.
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