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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).

Bio by Darryl (zravkapt).

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Shalabi Effect
3.77 | 3 ratings
The Trial Of St. Orange
4.00 | 2 ratings
Pink Abyss
4.00 | 1 ratings
Feign to Delight Gaiety of Gods

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 Pink Abyss by SHALABI EFFECT album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.00 | 2 ratings

Pink Abyss
Shalabi Effect Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Insin

4 stars For Shalabi Effect, Welcome to Pink Abyss is relatively accessible. It's not an overlong double album like several of their releases are, and no track length runs over ten minutes though there is some crossfading. Pink Abyss contains minimal samples and perhaps the most important aspect of all is that nearly everything on it unquestionably sounds like music.

Shalabi Effect is one of the lesser known bands of Montreal's post-rock scene, but post-rock does not seem like the proper description for them. There are a variety of styles on this album and the prevailing one is a minimalistic, almost ambient sound. Drums are largely designated to the background or absent; when they are present they usually are kept basic or come in the form of ethnic percussion or. Eastern music has a definite influence on Shalabi, especially demonstrated by their use of the oud, a Middle-Eastern instrument. A great way of keeping things engaging is their spotlighting of an assortment of different instruments throughout the whole album; Blue Sunshine is trumpet-based, Bright Guilty World focuses on vocals, etc.

Shalabi plays mostly instrumentally, with the exceptions of the drunken chanting of Iron and Blood and the traditional vocals of the remotely jazzy Bright Guilty World. Blue Sunshine is possibly the most normal track on Pink Abyss, a pleasant, upbeat jam with a discernable structure, straying away from the minimalist template already established.

Even as Shalabi Effect's most accessible release, Welcome to the Pink Abyss is still weird... in a good way. Though it has some post-rock elements (a few of the songs have some of the type of buildup characteristic of the style), it is primarily pleasant minimalistic, ambient-esque music without rigid structure. Pink Abyss is likely the best starting point for anyone interested in exploring this more obscure band from the Montreal scene.

 The Trial Of St. Orange by SHALABI EFFECT album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.77 | 3 ratings

The Trial Of St. Orange
Shalabi Effect Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

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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