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I've recently come across a Persian garage and prog rock scene that I never knew existed, largely influenced by western rock, beat and psychedelic garage acts, the artists give it that oriental edge that served Turkish garage bands so well.
Korosh Yaghmaei might not be the most catchy of artists, that title goes to my personal fave Raks Raks Raks but the Jim Morrison mixed with Frank Zappa lookalike Korosh sings in Farsi, his deep booming vocals sound menacing but at the same time rather sad. Vocally it reminds me a bit of early Omega.
Technically I suppose that Korosh Yaghmaei is much more advanced than Raks Raks Raks or bands on the Pomegranates compilation, two fine collections that give you a taste for the Persian rock scene but consist of bands largely immitating earlier western bands, perhaps more notable is the tendency to borrow styles from the krautrock scene rather than English.
Korosh tends to play his own rather long and complex songs, you can tell by the vocals that the lyrics are quite deep but not being able to understand Farsi, I have no idea what he's singing about, whatever it was though certainly made him a cult figure even today not just in Iran but also in the nearby Stans and "Back from the Brink" released by Now-Again is the first easy chance to get a hold of that music in the West.
The album covers the artists work from 1973 through to 1979 and is dubbed 'Persian pre revolution rock', it's a double cd album, the second disc being a less varied than the first, apparently a lot of the work was rushed as the artist knew the period of creativity was about to come to an end.
Melodious, harmonious, dramatic and dark are the words I would use to describe this album and if you're a big prog rock fan, you'll surely love it, personally I prefer something a little more upbeat thus the drop in points for what is actually a very good album. There is electric bass and a funky guitar occasionally used but it has a bit of a classical feel to it overall.
Disc 1 1.Gole Yakh 2.Dar Enteha 3.Hajme Khali 4.Paiz 5.Leila 6.Del Dareh Pir Misheh 7.Akhm Nakon 8.Shirin Joon 9.Ghazal 10.Tavalode Yek Seda 11.Saghe 12.Entezar 13.Niyayesh 14.Saraabe Toe 15.Reyhan 16.Baroona Disc 2 1.Mosafere Shar Baran 2.Khaar 3.Havar Havar 4.Ashiooneh 5.Bachehaye Khoobe Koocheh 6.Akhtare Asemanha 7.Tak Derakht 8.Share Cheshmat 9.Dokhtare Delkhasteye Shahr 10.Daas 11.Ghahr 12.Aabere Shab 13.Ghad Boland 14.Kei Toe Miayee