Kafih (Hustlin’) is the highly anticipated first full length recording by Daniel Shams in over 10 years, during which in extended periods abroad in Spain and Egypt he devoted himself entirely to the mysterious art of gypsy flamenco.
Gritty, soulful, and sexy, Kafih is full of rich grooves and intricate rhythms. At times the percussion sounds like a flamenco dancers feet, or a tabla players fingertips are tapping out the coordinates to undiscovered and savage latitudes in your psyche, unexpectedly unleashing your hips. Daniel’s guitar sounds like it is speaking in tongues at times, spitting quadruplets and sextuplets atop a lush canopy of rhythm, while his agile voice navigates accents within an eloquent prose above and around it carving out unique and indelible lines.
“Apples are oranges, are boysenberries posing as poison berries
catching z’s, dreaming of bees,
as indubitably I too would be,
were I in such close proximity to the lavish curvature of your lips.
To the allure of your honey hive hips,
Which is to say that said lips
and the aforementioned heart shaped hips honey hived
subvert occasionally the dominant paradigm
Governing a man’s ability to sensibly speak”
At heart Daniel is a storyteller, he once told me that the voice, poetry, melody, and rhythm each on their own contained a huge amount of power, enough to change an individuals consciousness. And when they were all combined in such a way that they align it would just seem that it would too much for the universe to stand and that in that instant the world would explode, but somehow it doesn’t. I told him thankfully it doesn’t, otherwise we wouldn’t have gems like “Kafih” to enjoy.
Heliotricity by Daniel Shams Reviews
“Like a cross between Roberto Duran’s boxing and the gypsy dance of Farruquito.”
Recordings Available by Heliotricity:
Kafih (Hustlin’) (2019)
Scythes IV (2004)
Blinded by the Sun (1999)
Sibylline Heliotricity (1997)