Sleeper of the Week: Language of Kings

Through the magic art of capturing sound known as recording, I’ve been able to layer instrument upon instrument to create what you hear now. It’s a challenging process to be inventive but it’s also loads of fun. All I ask for is to please put on your headphones.

Watching the video below was a wonderful way to start my morning. I have seen Andrew Bird Live a few times, and quite honestly I can’t think of a more impressive performer. Similar to Bird, Language of Kings serves up the same quality. Using a loop pedal looks like a bundle of fun, and Language nails it. Setting aside the way in which the sounds are being recorded, the music is good, its exceptionally good. As the minutes role I continue to hear Jon Brion, who does wonderful Motion Picture Score work. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind kept popping in my head, especially on the tune “Uprooting the Flora.” The images that swoon through the quirks behind my eyes are whimsical and sublime. I really dig Language of Kings AKA Mustafa Shaheen.

From Language of Kings MySpace Bio: “I’m just an instrumentalist who writes lyrics every now and then. I like to experiment with the texture of tones and timbres and my heart has a deep romance with folk. I started playing drums in 2003 and since then, I’ve been learning as many instruments as I can. Through the magic art of capturing sound known as recording, I’ve been able to layer instrument upon instrument to create what you hear now. It’s a challenging process to be inventive but it’s also loads of fun. All I ask for is to please put on your headphones.”

Language of King’s Heavy Hands is available now.

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