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the invisible hands (alvarius b.) - the invisible hands (cd)


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The Sun City Girls were both ahead of and behind their time, with influences ranging from forward-thinking improvisation to oblique jazz experiments. But Alan Bishop (founder of The Invisible Hands and solo performer as Alvarius B.) and his brother Sir Richard Bishop have done an incredibly admirable job of raising the profile of both their recent music ventures as well as The Sun City Girls' profile since they disbanded six years ago. Two years in the making, the music on The Invisible Hands' new album is similar in tone to the music of Sir Richard Bishop, but the band is more structured and oriented around the universal power of the rock song. Of course, "rock song" is a rather broad term and the quartet freely incorporates outlandish folk influences and psychedelic flourishes that add an exciting, otherworldly quality to the band's self-titled album. Ryan Potts, Experimedia
The Invisible Hands is the English translation of the band's original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El Khafeyya. Taking almost two years to create amidst an unusual and challenging backdrop, this is the brand new project of Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls). Eleven highly-crafted new songs projected through his typically dark lens of songwriting and a band of brilliant musicians from Cairo, the premier, self-titled CD version of this album is the English language vocals edition (see below) delivered in AB's patented sinister style; drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal choruses with a nod to what could have potentially been an album that surfaced decades ago but instead found its way into the future superimposed over historic and tumultuous times in the center of the Arab world. The group was established during the summer of 2011 and the album was recorded in Cairo in May of 2012. Band members include Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda (both former members of popular Egyptian group Eskenderella) with drummer Magued Nagati. On a handful of songs, several other players from the Cairo scene are featured including Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect/Land Of Kush) on oud and Mohamed Medhat on violin and viola. All tracks written and sung by Alvarius B. in English.

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