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SHALABI EFFECT are a Post Rock group from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. They are signed to Constellation Records, home of other well known Canadian post rock groups. They are named after member Sam (Osama) Shalabi who was born in Libya but moved to Canada when he was young. He appeared on the first SILVER MOUNT ZION album. Formed as a duo of Shalabi and Anthony Seck in 1996, they expanded to a quartet in 1998. Originally they were supposed to have a split single with GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR.

Their sound is diverse and adventurous and is a mixture of Middle Eastern and north Indian music, electronics, space rock, avant chamber rock and GYBE/ASMZ style post rock. Their live shows consist of free improvisation and they refuse to perform the songs from their albums. The members are: Anthony Seck (electric guitar, lapsteel, Moog, keyboards); Sam Shalabi (Oud, electronics, toys); Alexandre St. Onge (double and electric bass, electronics, voices); and Will Eizlini (percussion, electronics, trumpet).

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 The Trial Of St. Orange by SHALABI EFFECT album cover Studio Album, 2002
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The Trial Of St. Orange
Shalabi Effect Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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— First review of this album —
4 stars Shalabi effect are one of the more obscure groups from the Toronto post-rock scene which spawned the likes of Godspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mt. Zion and Do Make Say Think. Led by Sam Shalabi, on The Trial of St Orange they offer a unique take on post-rock by applying its general recording principles not to capturing the sort of rubble-strewn post-apocalyptic landscapes Godspeed albums always make me think of, but to a contemplation of natural beauty and to the incorporation of world music influences into the post-rock landscape. At points I'm put in mind of the sort of long hypnotic instrumental workouts much beloved by the Indo-Prog and Raga Rock bands of the past.

Perhaps a little New Agey for some tastes, but this benign, beautiful and soothing take on post- rock offers a nice counterpoint to the marvellous doom and gloom of Godspeed or Silver Mt Zion.


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