Release Date: Sep 4, 2015
Record label: Constellation
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, International
Jerusalem in My Heart is a swirling, confounding affair. To think of it as a musical act is to undercut the group’s ethos. To even call it a group might be too much of a label. Radwan Ghazi Moumneh is the only permanent, central figure to it all. Moumneh was born in Lebanon, but found his way ….
Jerusalem in My Heart has been Radwan Ghazi Moumneh’s live audio/visual project since 2005, and that sense of immediacy is integral to his recordings. Even during the most electronic sections of this sophomore album there’s a strong feeling of spontaneity and exploration, as if the audio processing were being used as an instrument or even a collaborator. Moumneh’s made a name for himself as a producer and engineer in the Montreal art rock scene, and combines that -experimental attitude with his Lebanese musical roots.
Jerusalem in My Heart was not supposed to be a recorded project, but not isn’t never. The project, fronted by Constellation’s in-house mixer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, began as a live performance involving music as only one part of a larger sensory piece—the full effect was procured with visuals and light projections, a culmination of artforms that actively interacted with setting and audience. For those of us who’ve never seen Moumneh perform, Mo7it Al-Mo7it provided only a slither of the project’s transient context, especially from an institutionalised Western perspective, where it was interpreted with some degree of xenophobia.