Imaad Wasif

by Imaad Wasif

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Hey all you fuckers and contemptuous villains and grandmas too: can you hear the soft blows of my record? This is meant for the late night vibe or the early morning fear but what do I know about setting the mood? I can be the most loveless bastard you’ve ever met or I can love you ‘til you can’t breathe, either way you choose, I will take it too far. So I give you my new solo record and every song on it is a hit. “Spark,” “Out in the Black,” “Whisper,” “Into the Static,” “Fade in Me,” “Isolation,” “Blade,” “Coil,” “Without,” “(Dandelion),” “Tomorrow Is Ours” — these are among my best and most recent compositions.

Some of the things that inspired me during the time of writing these songs were Buddy Holly demos that he recorded at home in NYC shortly before his death, early Joe Meek recording “I Hear A New World,” John Fahey's “The Yellow Princess,” Sylvia Plath's Ariel poems, Truman Capote’s first book “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, and a collection of eastern classical instrumental records of past masters that I inherited from my father.

I want to save people with music. I feel that I was born to siphon away their poisons and negative energy so that they might be happier. This has mangled me at times but I have always found something beautiful in this mode of creation. It has given me my voice.

Yours truly,

Imaad Wasif

Born in Vancouver, B.C., educated in the desert, India, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, now residing in Echo Park, California. Imaad Wasif has been in four bands to date: Zao (desert rock), Lowercase (noise rock), alaska! (folk rock/classic rock), and The New Folk Implosion (post rock). This is his first solo record. It was recorded and mixed in Nashville by Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Bonnie Prince Billy, Silver Jews, Lou Barlow, Tindersticks) in a week and a day in October 2005.

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released 11 April 2006

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