Posthumous Heliotricity is the second of two highly anticipated and visionary full length recordings by Daniel Shams in over 10 years. After the recording of “Scythes IV” in 2004 Daniel essentially disappeared from the music community, living in Spain and Egypt devoting himself entirely to the mysterious art of gypsy flamenco.
This stunning set of original recordings with it’s infectuous rhythms, captivating melodies and compelling lyrics is nothing short of astonishing. The recordings are ecstatic, warm and familiar, yet unlike anything you’ve ever heard. The compositions shine, as if they were somehow lit from the inside.
Similar to Scythes IV, Daniel’s poetry strays fearlessly into deeper and often darker waters, bordering on the mystic. In “To Gold” when he sings “I have never known you quite like this…beloved, everything is beautiful now, I am swimming in you…” you don’t know if it is being sung from the perspective of someone recently deceased, newly born, or one in some ecstatic state of consciousness in which they are unified with something greater. One thing is for certain, Posthumous Heliotricity is unlike anything you have ever heard or ever will hear again.
Heliotricity by Daniel Shams Reviews
Recordings Available by Heliotricity:
Posthumous Heliotricity (2019)
Kafih (Hustlin’) (2019)
Scythes IV (2004)
Blinded by the Sun (1999)
Sibylline Heliotricity (1997)