Last week, I had the privilege of attending LAMBAJAIN‘s incredible gig at Yukunkun, and it was on spot.
The gig debuted with the talented Perla Moujabber whose captivating voice was striking as she performed “Medicine” by Daughter, and another song by Damien Rice. I personally think that she could’ve come up with a better set list (something experimental for exam ple would be a better opener), but what she did perform, she did a great job singing it.
The band started with “First Breath After Coma” by Explosions in the Sky, and they traumatized us with the enigmatic heaviness. I had a hard time writing this review probably because I was listening to EITS, and you know the amount of mixed feelings you get while doing that, but this is not about me, this is about Andrew, Andre, Charbel, Rami, Joe, Ramela, and Elite who perfected a richly textured selection of some of the greatest post-rock pieces. You could easily tell from their first song that you were in for a great show, whether it was the stunning soundscapes, the balance between darkness/terror and light/bliss, the weeping crescendos or even the combination of all the mentioned aspects. Let’s not forget to mention the stunning visuals, the cool part is that no matter how hypnotizing they got at some points, you’d still manage to capture the ambiance of the music, simply because it was that great .
Technically speaking, you can clearly notice the effort these guys put in their work for they sounded very harmonious when it comes to transitions, and they proved that in their covers of songs that tended to build up slowly and then erupt into an ensemble of chaotic distortions and fast-paced drums, here I must add that the drummer was top notch (He’s not a permanent member of the band though). Ramela is a brilliant violinist, she’d effortlessly approach her section and then add this “warmness” to the atmosphere, together with Joe’s well-structured synth tunes, the sound was very cinematic . As for the guitarists, Andre, Rami, and, Andrew showcased a spectacular orchestration.
The sound quality was very decent and the band had little/no technical difficulties. I, for example, prefer the sound at Yukunkun to a number of other venues, the cinematic vibe was obviously there which is just an evidence of the sound’s fairness. The trio managed to preserve (not replicate, because what they did was beyond just copying the same loops and effects…) all the soundscapes and the professional ambiance of all the covers, especially the mashups between EITS and Mogwai, my favorite was the “Yasmin/ Fear Satan” blend. This, alongside the original piece, was the highlight of their performance. The crafting of sound on the original is a work of highly professional songwriters. Andrew’s lead guitar sound was multi-layered in both the swift build-ups and the bittersweet climaxes, Rami’s trademark sound was very impressive in his innovative approach of blasting some great sound effects by using chopsticks to play guitar (He’s the experimental sound guy obviously), and Andre’s gorgeous string lines were a perfect compliment to this festival of notes. As for bass, Charbel added a solid harmony to magnify the “head-nodding to head-banging” atmosphere.
“Music is bigger than words and wider than pictures.” Mogwai. This is precisely the feeling Lambajain promoted in their gig.
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