Court of the Lions

by jamesreindeer

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Gladly presenting Court of the Lions. The complete collection of sprawling, dream-like re-investigations of pieces originally found on the 'Sittah.Sittah.Sab'ah' album, and taking us further into the hallucinogenic depths of the arabian-doom-drone by way of psychedelic incantations.

Court of the Lions finds us buried deep within abyssal sub-bass frequencies, wailing trumpets and doom-like oud passages, that so very slowly build into a vast dirge of monolithic proportions, yet one so measured and deliberate in its intent to crush.

The Architect's Garden, in contrast, finds us caught in a shimmering sunlit dream of droning saxophone and oud, field recordings and hazy, blissful recollections of distant shores slowly coming into focus, before trailing back away into a lilting still.

Al Jalloum finds us buried yet deeper within abyssal sub-bass frequencies, slow wailing saxophones, and menacing field recordings that groan and threaten to buckle under their own weight, slowly building into an unnerving incantation from the long desert dark.

Nine Days in Serpent Graves, in contrast, finds us caught in a hallucinogenic free-jazz sound-field that seems almost to come from the classical-experimental world, as much as the dark-jazz underworld, before slowly falling away into a dream-like state that looms ominously to its conclusion.

Valley of the Tombs finds us in the misty half-light of the deserted valleys at dawn, eerie droning trumpets and whispering winds of field recordings, slowly joined by monolithic sub-bass and droning oud passages, ushering in the night and changing into a dark, writhing dirge til its conclusion.

Bride of the Desert, leads us back from the dark of the valley, into the depths of the majestic ancient city at dawn. The oud motifs from the valley transmute into lilting saxophones and vast droning sub-bass that expand and unfold, rising amidst crashing percussive swells and mournful tones and textures, before awkward trumpets and field recordings slowly lend their steady unease.

Available as an ongoing digital download, please do be sure to investigate immediately, and allow yourself time to be swept up into the thunderous storm and to bathe in the warming radiance. Get involved.



released June 6, 2016



j. reindeer - production, treatments, field recordings

j. mason - manipulations, restorations


all songs manipulated, composited and arranged by j. reindeer

additional composition by j. mason

all songs mixed and mastered by j.reindeer


autumn 2014, leipzig, deutschland


artwork by j. reindeer


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