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A Mythology of Circles

by Faten Kanaan

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hold-no-carter I first found Faten's work when I saw her perform live at an art museum in Dallas, of all places. Her attention to detail, from the way she grows tension in her pieces, to her incorporation of various modes of storytelling in both her music and her performances speaks to the talents of a poet of music, symbol, and movement. I'm never not excited to see what she's doing. Favorite track: The Archer.
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The gaye device Discovered this album late at night,stoned, put it in my wishlist and kept coming back to it again and again, so,it just had to be bought. Beautiful melodies that cycle and draw you in to another world.
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The Archer 06:01
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Hesperides 04:27
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Sleepwalker 02:55
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Erewhon 02:15
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The Heron 01:10
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Ishtar Terra 02:26

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A Mythology of Circles is the new album from Brooklyn-based composer and musical artist Faten Kanaan, her first to be released on Fire Records. It explores cyclical repetitions in nature & time, and the allegories attached to them.

Cosmological myths explaining natural phenomena have long been part of human narratives: the movements of planets and seasons, of time and tides. Some of these symbolic stories continue to resonate today because they illustrate something in our collective spirit. They're re-conjured here as an attempt to embrace 'mystery' and temper the anthropocentric hubris. To revere nature without the need to overpower it.

The album also has an autobiographical side: a story of movement, migration, and return. Of renewing hope in the face of political and environmental struggles.

Cyclical patterns and ‘variation through repetition’ are central to Faten's music. Harmony and counterpoint are composed intuitively and treated as narrative tools- with sound, silence, and the resulting mystical relationship between notes used as gestures to tell a wordless story. The album is separated into a ‘dusk to evening’ side, and an ‘underworld/dream-state’ side; highlighting the myths of Ishtar, Inanna, Orpheus, and others.

All the sections are played in real time, neither looped nor sequenced- allowing for subtle changes to unfold. The use of VST sampled choral voices in this album embodies the forlorn state of technological acceleration, and the desire to return to a vulnerable human sound. The album art also explores a complicated relationship with technology: the statue comes from a series of digital replicas, returning in its last stage to a more intimate and handmade feel.

“Strangely haunting yet beautiful bouquet of nocturnal, electronic blooms ranging from poignant ambient vignettes to chamber-like pop, from Brooklyn’s Faten Kanaan- a gifted musical story-teller” Boomkat

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released November 13, 2020

Composed, produced and mixed by Faten Kanaan
Mastered by Heba Kadry
Album design by Faten Kanaan & Alex Hornsby

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Faten Kanaan Brooklyn, New York

Faten builds up cyclical patterns in her music, using harmony and counterpoint as narrative tools.

Inspired by cinematic forms and literary structures: from sweeping landscapes and quiet romances, to patterned tensions and dream sequences; she focuses on bringing an earthy, visceral touch to electronic music and an appreciation for the vulnerability of human limitations and nuances. ... more

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