The title of Sumud, available next week, refers to a Palestinian ideology and translates as steadfastness. Although sumud’s philosophy of non-violent resistance originated in the wake of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the theme of Niyaz’s disc is the application of sumud to any part of the world where there are ethnic or religious minorities trying to live freely in the land of their birth and maintain their identity.
Nine Heavens: “Last year, during a conversation with Azam Ali, Niyaz lead singer, Ali mentioned her three-piece Persian electronica outfit, which includes multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and producer Carmen Rizzo was contemplating a double-disc for their sophomore release. One year and two discs later — one disc entirely acoustic, the other featuring the same songs [...]
“Niyaz is the closest to organic digitalism imaginable: you never know where the mouse pad ends and the animal skin begins…. devotional by nature, weaving deft poetics about being consumed by divine flames into patient textures of dhol, tholak, darbuka, and synthesizers. When the trio attacks the dancefloor fully with the 110-bpm “Dilruba,” ancient Persia [...]