I know I’m heroically late on this, but I’ve been meaning to give West Coast types Rainbow Arabia some love for a while now and this seems as good a time as any.
Having been entranced by the sounds of the souk for several years now, my ears always tend to prick up at any hint of African/Middle Eastern influences, something Rainbow Arabia have in spades. Fusing post punk and psychedelia with middle eastern instrumentation, Rainbow Arabia are, like the sirocco, a breath of fresh desert air.
Think Gang Gang Dance soundtracking Scheherazade’s 1001 Nights and you start to get the idea. The kind of music that if I lived somewhere warmer and more exotic than New Cross, i’d drive out to the desert and stargaze to with just a fistful of peyote and lung full of smoke for company.
The band’s Danny Preston sent over a handful of tracks the other day which have been on constant repeat and here is the pick of the bunch Omar K. Vinyl fetishists like myself will be pleased to hear that it has also just been released over here on 7″ courtesy of those nice people at Merok Records. Rumours abound of a spring European tour which would be magick, till then enjoy this track.