Mah-Ze-Tar is the project of Maz Karandish, who channels his love for world music into an engrossing sound — one traversing across everything from “Raga, Maqam, and Dastgah to Harmony, Jazz, and Opera.” Modern soundscapes intertwine with Indian, Persian, and Eastern music elements, with his far-reaching abilities on over a dozen instruments combining with an eclectic taste. The result is something truly idiosyncratic. The project’s intent is the fusion of “traditional music of the East with modern electronic composition as a form of cultural preservation.”
“Liquid Lotus” is a great example of what Mah-Ze-Tar is getting at, a highlight from an album of the same name, releasing on October 19th. It features a wide assortment of sounds, from ambient textures to rhythmic trance. “Liquid Lotus” itself is a seven-minute epic with a thumping bass working under hypnotic vocals and consuming sitar work. It’s difficult to not get lost in.
“Liquid Lotus” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2018’ Spotify playlist.