When I was reading that KAISHA was influence by artists as far ranging as A Perfect Circle and Melissa Etheridge I was thinking it was a typo. After taking a listen to Horus Sky it started to make a little sense. Kaisha Hekimian (guitars/vocals/oud/bass/percussion), Djulz Chambers (djembe/percussion), Ivy Hekimian (keyboards/vocals) and Leah Blankendaal (flute) make thematic music which embraces the tones and textures that may come to mind when thinking of the movie Prince of Persia, the ancient pyramids, mystical prophecies, The Knight of Templar, magic and well you get the idea.
The music is certainly not run of the mill but it shouldn’t feel completely foreign either. If you are familiar with Middle Eastern music which I think most people have heard a couple of times before it shouldn’t feel too experimental. Given the fact that Hekimian does sound a little like Etheridge it should also appease those who may consider this music unconventional.
The EP starts with “Crow Head.” I immediately enjoyed the exceptional production, which feels essential for this type of music. The mix of percussion, ghostly vocal harmonies and keyboards could conjure images of person being put into a trance by some ancient ritual.
“Golden Angel” is the centerpiece that runs almost ten minutes long. Once the percussion comes into the mix I almost started belly dancing although I know it would look ridiculous. Thankfully I didn’t and just laid back and let the epic song unfold in front of my ears. Don’t miss the end of this song. The title track is atmospheric and blossoms like a flower and then slowly dissipates. “Temple III” is a subtle, nuance filled instrumental piece. It was an interesting choice for a closer, which slowly closes the curtain.
I can’t say KAISA is for everyone but unequivocally it is something I encourage everyone to listen to. Horus Sky is a seamless listen and the band does an excellent job pulling you into the EP and taking you on a ride till the end. I never felt like it dragged and it is full of dynamic transitions that keep you engaged. Recommended.
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