Dawn of Midi’s Dysnomia is without doubt the coolest new music I’ve heard in a long time. I first heard about it the other day when my son pointed it out to me; he’s mostly into electronic music, and this certainly sounds like electro-groove. But it’s actually a jazz trio, and it’s entirely acoustic. The band says that it took two years to record, and when you realize just what they’re doing, you understand why it took so long.
Dawn of Midi is bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and percussionist Qasim Naqvi, and the music they play on this album is surprising. This 46-minute work, divided into nine sections, has the sound of electronic music, the groove of dance music, and the hypnotic rhythms of minimalism. At times, it channels Steve Reich’s phasing music; at other times, it’s got the groove of Daft Punk. It’s got Middle-eastern sounds, danceable rhythms and a groove that you’ll tap your foot to.
Here’s a video showing how they play:
If you like minimalism, or electronic music, I think you’ll find this to be the most interesting album you’ve heard in years. Listen to the entire album on Bandcamp and see if you agree with me. I’m looking forward to hearing more from Dawn of Midi.