Khi Darag | Khi Darag  - EP

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Dengue Fever Iron Butterfly Secret Chiefs 3

More Artists From
United States - California - SF

Other Genres You Will Love
Rock: Psychedelic World: Middle East Contemporary Moods: Type: Instrumental
There are no items in your wishlist.

Khi Darag - EP

by Khi Darag

A Soundtrack for A Fictional 60's Macabre Mid East Thriller
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Mastom, Mastom
Share this song!
X
3:55 $0.99
2. Araxes
Share this song!
X
3:46 $0.99
3. The Black Lake
Share this song!
X
6:02 $0.99
4. Saaghi
Share this song!
X
2:30 $0.99
5. Nostalgia
Share this song!
X
3:36 $0.99
6. The Silk Road
Share this song!
X
3:04 $0.99
7. For Better Luck, Wait Until Autumn
Share this song!
X
5:20 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Inspired by Persian classical, late 60's acid garage psychedelia and surf mayhem, traditional Armenian and Jewish dances, Cambodian street music, Gothic art rock, and Bollywood soundtracks, SF Bay Area based ensemble KHI DARAG walks a thin line between the modern and archaic.

"khidarag" (ki-dah-rahg), pronounced with a clearing-of-the-throat sound at the beginning, roughly translates from Armenian to mean "disgraceful scoundrel" or "person of unpredictable or outlandish nature." The group has embraced this as their namesake and mission, combining influences and cultures such as Iron Butterfly, new wave Klezmer, Mid-East pop icons such as Ofra Haza and Abdel Halim Hafez, Post-Punk Surf, Bauhaus, Black Sabbath, and soundtrack/cinematic maestros such as R.D. Burman and Ennio Morricone, to make music that has best been described as " A fictional soundtrack for a 1960's macabre thriller from the Middle East."

This limited edition, mostly instrumental 7-song, 28 minute EP was recorded at the group's inception in May of 2008 and marks its first recorded release featuring its early cast of musicians culled from other Bay Area groups such as Lord Loves a Working Man, Rupa & The April Fishes, Charming Hostess, Aphrodesia, Kugelplex, Rube Waddell, The SF Mime Troupe, and the Japonize Elephants.


"This stuff is fun. Khi Darag! hail from San Francisco, and they've certainly got hints of that classic Bay Area psychedelia. But before any of that hits you, you'll hear the great sounds of Middle Eastern folk-dance music. Clarinet, oboe, saxophone take the lead in a number of their songs. Add in guitarist Max Baloian's great prog riffs and you've got some pretty refreshing tunes. Oh, and the percussion! Dear god, the percussion! Go, dance, have a good time. You deserve it, America."
Preview by: Joey Price
original url
http://loudfarm.com/event/9525/

"San Francisco’s Khi Darag works to demolish the border between the present and the past. With influences ranging from Sayat Nova to Black Sabbath, Djivan Gasparyan to Iron Butterfly, these guys bleed together a self-proclaimed, “sacred and profane mixture of acid rock, surf, and Mid/Far-East modalities” that will certainly redefine ideas of contemporary ethnic music.”
--The Armenian Reporter, 5/12/09

"Khi Darag. Another San Francisco local band, Khi Darag easily filled the small venue with its big sound, sending audience members to another time zone with their arsenal of exotic drums and wind instruments (the band very accurately describes their own music on their website as "soundtrack for a 60s macabre Middle East thriller"). Khi Darag didn't feature any slowly undressing ladies, but we think they still managed to put on an impressive show.
-SF WEEKLY, October 2009



Reviews


to write a review

Loudfarm.com

"This stuff is fun..."
"This stuff is fun. Khi Darag! hail from San Francisco, and they've certainly got hints of that classic Bay Area psychedelia. But before any of that hits you, you'll hear the great sounds of Middle Eastern folk-dance music. Clarinet, oboe, saxophone take the lead in a number of their songs. Add in guitarist Max Baloian's great prog riffs and you've got some pretty refreshing tunes. Oh, and the percussion! Dear god, the percussion! Go, dance, have a good time. You deserve it, America."
Preview by: Joey Price
original url
http://loudfarm.com/event/9525/

Aquarius Records, San Francisco CA

"...a band Mike Patton or John Zorn would want playing at their wedding...So Fun
Awesome new group from the Bay Area who channel international psych of years past to create some totally engaging and undeniably fun sounds. We're lucky to have so many amazing bands and musicians in San Francisco and we're even luckier that many of them are customers of ours. So it's always cool to see what lots of our favorite music makers in town are listening to and checking out when they swing by the store. And not that we've been spying but every time Max Balaoin (one of the master minds of Khi Darag) has come into the store over the last couple years it was hard not to notice how fast he'd make a beeline to the '70s Turkish Psychedelia section, as well as always seemingly after left of center sounds from across the globe circa late '60s and '70s.
With a band that features folks from groups like Rube Wadell, Rupa & The April Fishes, Charming Hostess, Lord Loves A Working Man and even the SF Mime Troupe, these extremely talented musicians have taken those international psych sounds from years past and brought in their own elements of surf rock, klezmer, and soundtracks to create music that is pretty impossible not to move to.
Much like Dengue Fever they use their influences from the past with total respect and love and it comes out in the sounds that they create. They also have a bit of a suspenseful undertone to their aesthetic which makes us think this is exactly the kind of band Mike Patton or John Zorn would want playing at their wedding with a dancefloor of weirdos having the time of their life. So fun!
-Aquarius Records Staff

NBCBAYAREA.com

"Les Claypool Hosts Super-Steamer Hatters Ball" (concert review w/ Khi Darag)
“Opening band Khi Darag was great! Khi Darag had nine people on stage playing cool Middle-Eastern sounding tunes. Khi Darag is from San Francisco and I hope to see them again in 2010... Being a long-time fan of Secret Chiefs 3, I was excited and surprised to see a band that could now be compared to them. The horn section reminded me of the first Primus New Year's Eve show back in 1992 when Mr. Bungle opened for Primus at the Bill Graham Civic in SF."