Take Bonobo and Four tet and mix them up, leave to brew for a few months and Hiatus may be the outcome. His debut album ‘Ghost Notes‘, is full of rising chreschendos, cinematic beauty and heartfelt nostalgia. There’s history carved into his this LP, sampling from dub reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson’s ’Insurrection’ recalling the Brixton riots in 1981 to Richard Dreyfusses film ‘Close encounters of the third kind’. The influence of Iranian Jazz, beautiful bass and haunting pianos have left me astonished.
Hiatus aka Cyrus Shahrad starting sampling in the early hours in his father’s childhood home in Tehran whilst covering the election of the president for an Iranian Newspaper. Like a box full of dusty vinyl’s or childhood scribbled drawings, ‘Ghost Notes’ has that hand made feel. You’ll feel an overwhelming sense of adventure, samples fly in from an Old Indian chief in ‘Nobody’ to Persian singers in melancholic drum and bass anthem ‘Black Dogs’. Ghost Notes will grow on you in different ways listen after listen, it has classic written all over it. Hiatus gives you the scrapbook of stories, you just have to decide whether they are yours or somebody else’s.
Ghost Notes is available now from Amazon and iTunes.
Free download of ‘Third’.
words Patrick William Bethell