Imaad Wasif is everywhere. From touring and playing guitar for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs on tour and on a track off Its Blitz
, laying on Lou Barlowes recent album, and joining the super-troop on the soundtrack for Where The Wild Things Are
, one questions if Wasif is wild himself (for music making). His third LP The Voidist
could be considered an inverted disappearing act; a shift from his acoustic-pyschadelic past and a venture into the realm of electrified Native Americana. But the second LP didn't see a huge commercial release(and is now scheduled for a 2010 re-release on Tee-Pee Records), so the bridge between his acoustic debut and the more thought out void of emotional exploration on The Voidist
remains a mystery, shrouded in a non-linear album cycle.
Then again, this will most likely be the first many hear of Wasif, unless he was caught opening for Karen O, Neko Case, The Raconteurs, or Sabadoh (some of his credits). He reminds me of a Brian Eno type; the kind everyone knows and has worked with, but the fans rarely hear about or appreciate (until he achieves his own successes on a solo recording). There is obviously something compelling in the man that caught the attention of several of his contemporaries, and to find it, you must listen closely. There is a mysterious quality to the combination, the rhythm, even the reverberation on the acoustic guitars sound... interesting. He sounds like early 1960's Beatles trying to channel early 1970's Beatles, or maybe the other way around. It is a strange sensation, sensing something grander than you can put you finger on and not being able to explain it. Imaad Wasif elicits that feeling.
His upbringing listening to unknown east Indian classical music, coupled with his strange relationship with his work (he wrote his first album to exorcise demons) might serve to explain the strange feelings ebbing and flowing through his work.
"Thats the thing about music in general — if it doesnt kind of wreck me with some intense raw energy, then I cant really listen to it." -Imaad Wasif, LA Record Interview
His attitude towards transcendental music making helps to explain the feelings, but it is still hard to communicate unless you've heard it. Take a listen, it just might wreck you. -joe puglisi