Welcome the New Year with Brilliant New Album from Brickwork Lizards

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Happy New Year! We are kicking off the musical new year with a new release. Haneen has stormed the stations with its unique blend of Hip Hop, Pre-War Jazz and Arabic Music, crazy maybe but what a sound.

Not ones to sit in the conformity of boxes, Brickwork Lizards are here to take the listener to a new shape, we love them and hope you do to. For further listening, pull the download link at the bottom of the post.

Brickwork Lizards – Haneen - Lazima Records  - 1 January 2018

Brickwork Lizards began to take shape after a chance encounter at a party, when Egyptian vocalist and oud-player Tarik Beshir met Oxford Rap scene stalwart Tom O'Hawk. Discovering a mutual love of the 1930's harmony group The Ink Spots, they dreamed up an entirely new sound that would combine pre-war Jazz with Arabic and Middle Eastern music, paying tribute along the way to countless other styles.


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Over the ten years since, Brickwork Lizards have refined their line-up, adding guitar, drums, trumpet and a string section, while building up a dedicated fan base with hundreds of gigs and festival appearances across the UK.

The band's eight members draw on a wide range of musical experiences, from critically-acclaimed Arabic classical ensembles (Oxford Maqam) to chart-topping pop groups (Saint Etienne). 


 
Haneen is Brickwork Lizards second long-player, following the success of 2011's Zaman

In Arabic, "Haneen" describes a feeling of nostalgic yearning, and bygone times and places haunt every song on this remarkable record.  The band's radical re-imaginings of traditional material from courtly dances of the Ottoman sultans to ancient English hanging songs evoke centuries of history, and showcase a band adept at crossing borders and taking bold musical risks.
 
Brickwork Lizards are gearing up for a packed schedule in 2018, with live dates supporting the album release across the UK in January 2018.


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"I can honestly say I have never heard anything like them before.  'Higher' starts with melancholy cello and ominous keys, segues into something like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, diverts into Russian folk, hops over to Egypt via singer Tarik's oud, banjos and drums wrestle skiffle into jazz, before trumpets arrive and it finally bursts into Tom O'Hawk's rhythm and rap. Parts of it sound like Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade' mashed up with Public Enemy. No, but really. Every single instrument and vocal works. Pindrop? Jaw drop. Awesome." - Oxfordshire Music Scene

"The band sound like nothing else around. They have the charm and style of the 30s and 40s with the haunting seductiveness of Middle Eastern music brought bang up to date with the occasional non-intrusive rap elements. The result is a ridiculously seamless and impressive sound that must be heard."  - BBC Radio Oxford

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Lead tracks for radio play 

1.We're Through
2.Come On Home
3.All That We Are

Live Dates:

5th Jan - The Bullingdon,162 Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1UE
6th Jan - Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 9-12 Middle Street Brighton BN1 1AL
12th Jan - Global Cafe, London Street Reading RG14PS
13th Jan - Slaughtered Lamb,  34-25 Great Sutton Street London EC1V 0DX
26th Jan - Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud GL53SS
27th Jan - The Old Duke, Bristol BS1 4ER

"Haneen" will be released on Lazima Records January 1st 2018

 

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