PELEGRIN stream ‘Al-Mahruqa’ album in its entirety!
Written by Squirrel on 10th September 2019
Enter a realm of pure sonic fantasy with PELEGRIN’s debut album ‘Al-Mahruqa’, streaming in full via The Obelisk.
Close your eyes and open your hearts, as heavy psych goldsmiths PELEGRIN unveil their enchanting debut album ‘Al-Mahruqa‘ in full today courtesy of The Obelisk.
The French trio invite you to enter a realm of pure sonic fantasy with their immersive and warm-sounding debut album ‘Al Mahruqa‘. Conjuring influences from heavy psychedelia to 70s prog artfully sprinkled with Middle Eastern soundscapes, ‘Al Mahruqa‘ is filled with intense buildups and sheer moments of grace that will give any listener goosebumps. Gazing across the horizon, PELEGRIN masterfully open a new chapter for modern psychedelia with this timeless yet eminently avant-garde five-track.
Listen to ‘Al-Mahruqa‘ in full via The Obelisk
“It is a purposefully immersive listen, drawing its audience in throughout the nine-plus minutes of opener “Majoun” and moving with grace through “Farewell”, “The Coldest Night”, “Dying Light” and the closing title-track, each one adding to the story arc of the album as a whole while creating a sense of journeying further through its psych-infused desert expanse.” says The Obelisk.
The road to ‘Al-Mahruqa‘ was long and winding, covering almost five years. The creation of its followup should be a smoother affair… And PELEGRIN is already hard at work on it. Where the three friends are the most comfortable: in their own bubble, away from stages. Where ideas fly, sweet smoke rises, and stories are written. ‘Al-Mahruqa‘ was recorded and mixed by François Roze. It was mastered by Kent Stump (Wo Fat) at Crystal Clear Sound. The artwork was designed by Hadrien Virima.
Out September 13th on digital via Bandcamp
“This is beautiful human music.” Soundblab
“Each track feels like a journey.” Musipedia Of Metal
“Pelegrin are are always five steps ahead of the listener.” Outlaws Of The Sun
“Huge pieces of work, forever shifting with moments of ethereal beauty, bitter angst,
overwhelming cheer and undying optimism.” Astral Noize
The bazaar crowd hails, haggles, ruffles. Life at its most, screeching and hustling. Gradually, the ruckus fades away. In the vacuum that’s created, a bass roars, answers its own call. A guitar string vibrates endlessly. The note hangs on ominously, then slips up. Percussions soar and the engine starts running… The listener’s fate is sealed. No turning back: he is bound for a 42 minutes-long sonic tale. He will follow the footsteps of an ailing war veteran, from the bazaar of Tangier to a millenary temple, carved into the rock at the very end of a desert valley: Al-Mahruqa.
On the way, the listener will encounter mesmerizing ambiances. Melodies soaked with eastern influences. Rock-solid riffs. Unsettling songs, always on the move. References, wink, nods? Of course. But no obvious comparison will jump to mind. If the power trio PELEGRIN (“pilgrim” in ancient French) roams the lands of stoner, prog and heavy psych, it is with the intention of making a few steps into the unknown. What drove the trio is the will to play the music that they would have liked to hear. To fill a tiny space that seemed vacant in the ever-expanding galaxy of distorted music.
François Roze – guitar, vocals
Jason Recoing – bass
Antoine Ebel – drums, percussions