Hypnotic sitar work and enveloping strings lead the illuminating track “Lullaby for Guli,” from Vancouver-based sitarist and composer Mohamed Assani. Coming from his Wayfinder album, “Lullaby for Guli” is exemplary of Assani’s stirring songwriting, sitar playing, and influences, rooted in both Indian/Pakistani and Western Classical music.
Weeping strings and slight strings give way to more grandiose strings past the 30-second mark, setting up a climactic introduction for the trickling-in of sitar. Warming, spacious bass and percussive click-clacks provide a subtle rhythm section, embracing the upfront usage of sitar and strings. “Lullaby for Guli” is a stirring success from Assani, one of many throughout Wayfinder.
This track and others featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2022’ Spotify playlist.