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Odd Light 04:32
Misgivings 04:41
Adison 05:45
Regrets 04:15
Watchtower 04:51
Sauldre 04:06
Abstraction 09:54
Sand Seller 09:21
Beginnings 04:22


Daou is the music project of Paris-based architect, musician and multidisciplinary artist Georges Daou. Born in Beirut, he moved to New York in 2014, where he honed his guitar skills at the hands of renowned jazz guitarist Dom Minasi, all the while working as an architect and pursuing various artistic projects and collaborations. Daou's collage and photography work has been exhibited in Beirut, London, Washington and New York. His 3D art has been published in leading 3D magazines and websites.

Daou moved to Paris in 2018, and soon thereafter began working in earnest on his first album, entitled “Subliminal”. A guitarist by trade and tape enthusiast from an early age, he began experimenting with tape loops, synths and field recordings alongside his trusted guitar and effect pedals. These experiments yielded immersive ambient soundscapes and drones, which he would often color with lo-fi textures and sonic artefacts generated by acoustic instruments and found objects. Recorded in small creative bursts between October 2018 and November 2019, Daou eventually released “Subliminal” in August 2020 for the label Owl Encounter. The album premiered on French webzine Le Bombardier, and went on to be selected as one of the best albums of 2020 by online cultural platform Beehype.

Daou's new album "Sanctuary", released via Lebanese indie label Ruptured, sees the musician pursuing his experiments with tapes, field and ambient recordings -- refining his granular soundscapes to their barest components, then expertly layering them all over again, in a consistent and contained process of sonic juxtaposition and repetition. The album relies on tape loops, guitars, field recordings and tune forks processed with effect pedals - it details its protagonist’s lone journey towards mental and physical sanctuary, away from technology, society and everyday routines. The disembodied voice of Brian Robert acts as both beacon and leitmotiv, gently guiding the listener through a hallucinatory maze of repressed memories and haunted recollections.

"The tape loops contain a feeling of looking back, repeating old thoughts and problems, wishing that things could have been different. The [album's] opening moments present a cassette, warbling as it unspools, reflecting the distortion of memory over time. Spoken word poetry is subsumed by the music. But eventually and gracefully, the album achieves a feeling of peace, “a safe space in an unstable place.” - A Closer Listen
Read the full review: acloserlisten.com/2022/05/02/daou-sanctuary/

"The melancholy warble of tape loops set on decay mode." - Disquiet

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released May 6, 2022

Composed, produced and mixed by Daou in Paris, France between December 2020 and November 2021.

Voice by Brian Robert.
Texts, artwork and design by Daou.

Mastered by Taylor Deupree at 12K, Pound Ridge, New York

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Ruptured Records Beirut, Lebanon

Ruptured Records was founded in 2008 by DJ and radio host Ziad Nawfal and sound engineer & studio owner Fadi Tabbal, as an outlet for their activities as producers and promoters in Beirut. Ruptured releases music by artists from Lebanon and the MENA region in a variety of formats - with a strong focus on experimental rock and leftfield electronic music. ... more

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