Igloo Magazine :
Musically at least, something of an unknown—and a potentially great one if this is any indication, Iran is the source of Tegh‘s debut Night Scenes. Tehran’s Shahin Entezami is the nocturnal dramaturge here, lesser known but on this evidence no less steeped in sound lore than fellow-countryman and brother in ambience, Porya Hatami, whose still warm Shallow was igloo-‘viewed here—Land and Remixes also, incidentally, launched on Inner Ocean. Entezami shows a sleight of hand that belies his lowlight standing in crafting a set imbued with great depth of texture and expressivity.
Nom de disque, Tegh, Persian for ‘sword’/’blade,’ might well describe the arc and dive, the dramatic sweep of his drone and space micro-symphonies, as he cuts an expansive swathe through six scenarios laden with a freight of resonance, sonic expression mapped to sublimated emotion. “They Were From Somewhere Cold” and “Crossing” are all undulant swells and billows, delay-drenched, decay-wrenched; then the cadences of “Conn” elide into the elevations of “Autumn”; the aptly titled “Down” self-reflexively mood-swings into “Birds are Singing on a Tree Without Leaves,” which brings proceedings to a suitably crepuscular though somehow light-seeking resolution. The artwork mirrors the sounding object portrayed with smears of mesmeric ice and deep blue swathes. With sonorous grace and a gravity nearer doleful than dark, more glimmer and glowing than glowering and grim, Tegh’s Night Scenes are suggestively rendered to discreetly lift a veil on, while leaving veiled… another country to get lost in.
Stationary Travels :
Tegh is a solo music project developed over the last several years by Shahin Entezami, from Tehran, Iran. Having also covered experimental, IDM, and glitch, it is the ambient side that Entezami has chosen to focus on exclusively for his debut full length album ‘Night Scenes’ to be released on Jan 31 on Inner Ocean Records.
Maintaining a wistful and threnodial mood throughout, there is a subtle arc the album traverses over the course of its six tracks from the undulating and decaying loops of ‘They Were From Somewhere Cold’ and ‘Crossing’ to the nearly funereal mystery of ‘Conn’ and ‘Autumn’ and the mellifluous, but muted melancholy of ‘Down’ and ‘Bird are Singing on a Tree Without Leaves’.
Entezami shows remarkable skill and assurance here in patiently crafting a record of pristine beauty imbued with great depth of emotion. Like Pouya Saremi’s striking cover art, the sounds are layered in icy cool and deep blue shades that are equally mesmerizing and soothing. Balancing grace and gravitas on a solid foundation of pure ambiance, ‘Night Scenes’ is a thoroughly satisfying album and one you may find you enjoy getting lost in repeatedly.
released January 31, 2014
Released on Inner Ocean Records.
Mastered by Pouya Ehsaie .
Artwork by Pouya Saremi .
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