Mâhfoud – Contours of the Night Sky EP
Bringing his first Ep in 5 years as the second 2021 release from The Gardens of Babylon
RELEASE: February 26, 2021
(Amsterdam | NL) Mâhfoud’s intense passion for multidimensional art and music shines through his latest EP, his first in 5 years, Contours of the Night Sky. As the second release of 2021 from The Gardens of Babylon, the core family member delivers a long awaited four-track journey into the depths of memory and personal evolution.
Drawing from a multi-cultural background including a childhood in Aleppo, Syria, Mâhfoud’s life journey has taken him from the Middle East to Europe where he began his musical one. As a vocalist, lyricist, instrumentalist, composer, and producer, his electronically driven compositions have since graced labels like Diynamic Music, Klassified, and Traum Schallplatten, delivering unconventional takes on audio recording and social science. Contours of the Night Sky offers a natural progression and maturation in this sound and approach, integrating Mâhfoud’s worldliness and curiosity, further safeguarding his philosophy of reinvention and critical thought.
Kicking off with the aptly named Childhood, the personal nature of Contours of the Night Sky is immediately apparent. Struck by the mellifluous sounds of the Oud, memories of an era past pour from a genetic level upward and outward. Celestial Woman then tells the volatile tale of heartbreak and its aftermath. Its lyrics may speak of revenge, but its emotion lies within pride and ego – the eternal struggle of maturation. Fuji then brings playfulness to the package with a psychedelic, guitar-driven track. Summertime vibes complement its jovial nature, creating the release’s undeniable crowd pleaser. Wrapping things up is the dancefloor-oriented Moon Whisper. An ethereal journey into hope and connection, Moon Whisper leaves provides listeners with the perfect balance of closure and anticipation – the end of one journey, and curiosity for what comes next from this most unique of talents.
Following Spaniol’s mini-album Suites do Amar last month, Mâhfoud’s offering is a diaphanous venture into beauty, nostalgia, and its connection to the here and now. Both a rediscovery of the self and a testament to life’s uncertainty, Mâhfoud – Contours of the Night Sky is a snapshot of this moment in history, both personal and societal.