Mohamed Assani – “Lullaby for Guli”


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.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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