TS15 | Sohrab "Between Strangers"
7" vinyl only
Cut by Jason at Transition
Artwork and photography by Jon Wozencroft
Side A: Hejrat
Side B: Endless Spring
Recorded with rage during the winter of 2011/12. “Voice of a Burnt Generation”, sung by Hani, recorded lo–fi in the Eissenhutenstadt refugee camp, Germany.
Buy Sohrab "Between Strangers" [7" Vinyl Only] in the TouchShop
Record Collector (UK) reviews this single:
Live streaming of Sohrab Live | Belgium 12th May
Andrew Pekler live (Dekorder, Schoolmap, Kranky)
Sohrab live (Touch)
Innercity live (Aguirre, Ikuisuus, Further)
Midnightopera DJ (Workshop, meakusma)
00.00 Andrew Pekler
The room also features live painting by Boris Servais and Poste Aérienne.
Forthcoming Sohrab 7" cut today at Transition Studios
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Sohrab remix album | You Are Not Alone lll
320 kpbs - 1 track - 44:22
The third and last in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause for legal status in Germany.
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Congratulations to Sohrab, who got married on March 16th 2012...
Congratulations to Sohrab, who got married on March 16th 2012...
15.11.11 | Sohrab at Exotic Pylon's City Symphony, Berlin
On Tuesday November 15th, Sohrab will be appearing at Centrum, Berlin, as a participant in Jonny Mugwump's "City Symphony". Further details on the links, below.
Press coverage of Sohrab
popkontext (Germany) has a feature here about Sohrab's appeal against deportation... and Taz here, which also mentions Amnesty International's interest in his situation...
Sohrab remix album | You Are Not Alone ll
Release date: 7th July 2011
320 kpbs - 1 track - 35:31
[Touch # Tone 42 DR2]
The second in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause... all label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany...
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Sohrab remix album | You Are Not Alone l
Release date: 10th June 2011
320 kpbs - 1 track - 37:09
[Touch # Tone 42 DR1]
Photography: Jon Wozencroft
The first in a series of reworkings of Sohrab material by artists showing solidarity to his cause... all label and artist money goes towards the fund for his appeal against the refusal to be granted political asylum in Germany...
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Shouting at Dictators
'Faryad bar Dictator' 'فریاد بر دیکتاتور'
1 track - Download only - 8:56
Mastered by BJNilsen
As you may know, Sohrab managed to leave Iran late last year for Germany, where he appealed for political asylum having been interned in Brandenburg. This appeal has failed and he is trying to raise funds to appeal against this latest ruling.
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Sohrab - A Hidden Place in Brainwashed
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Sohrab on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction | 13th January 2011
Two tracks from Sohrab's new album 'A Hidden Place' (see below) are featured on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction. You can hear the show here.
Pioneering label of the year 2010
Lend Me Your Ears have named Touch as their "pioneering label of the year".
They write: "Touch - LMYE's pioneering label of the year: shepherding magnificent new releases by Philip Jeck & BJNilsen that were among the year's best anywhere is qualification enough for recognition. But Touch went further, bringing Sohrab's unmissable A Hidden Place, Daniel Menche's extraordinary Hover, early Hildur Gudnadottir goodness in the form of the Mount A re-release & further enhancing its Touch Radio series with 12 new instalments - including this Phill Niblock."
A Hidden Place - vinyl & download release
Sohrab - A Hidden Place
[Touch # Tone 42] - NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
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House on Water | Turkmen January 2009
The above photo was taken on a recent (2010) trip to Turkmen Sahra.
Sohrab on Touch Radio | October 2009
21.10.09 - Tanhayi - Live in Tehran – 42:24 - 320 kbps
Biking in Holland | Tears (Sohrab version) | Tanhayi | Satyr | Tears (Esteban Olenikov version Tundra)
| There is an ashtray between us | Tears (Yozhik version) | New Zealand | Barf
Recorded and played live in October 2009. Sohrab used Reason 3, his midi controller (R)evolution UC-16 and a sampler, recorded live through Ambrosia recording software.
Sohrab | Information
Sohrab was born in Tehran in 1984. He was seven when the Iran-Iraq war ended. His name, from an old poem called 'Shahname', means 'rouge water', which can also mean 'blood'. He started a punk band with his brother and a friend, which lasted about two years before splitting. Sohrab is totally isolated in Iran, with little or no connection to what is happening there. He is currently stateless, applying for political asylum in Germany.
In Iran, 70% of the population is under 30 years old, and this explosive social mix is causing trouble. Sohrab performed one illegal gig which was broken up by the police. He then took to performing alone in a desert or other place of wilderness. Various sound files were sent out before he himself left for Germany in late 2010. These files were assembled to form his first album, A Hidden Place, which reflects his inner cultural isolation.
Sohrab is published by Touch Music [MCPS].
No one Really Knows - this mp3 free download is part of the "A Hidden Place" project [Touch # Tone 42, 2010].
Here you can find some images:
Press & Features
You can read all of the reviews for this album here
A hidden Place is in Pantha du Prince's top 10 albums of 2010
The Wire (UK):
With this album, context is everything and nothing. Sohrab is a Tehran based musician whose sense of displacement and isolation within his own country is palpable across the six Ambient pieces making up this release. He's both a product of his environment and a reaction against it. This contradiction still fits a model of rebel music (punk, say), except that here the form of expression is so internalised as to represent a kind of withdrawal.
There's plenty of space in his soundscapes, where the slow reverb of chimes and the fluttering of abstract electronica punctuate solemn pauses. It's like an expression of emptiness, of faint, spectral essences occupying vacant areas. But then these spaces become filled with a more forthright presence of undulating tonal frequencies, a respite from the indefinable sense of oppression.
A few voice samples pepper these washes of sound, but they offer only glimpses of a more concrete sense of place. It's the persistent emphasis on the elusive that makes these expressions so beguiling. While there is beauty here, there is also a nagging undertow of anxiety, a reminder of Sohrab's status as a cultural exile in his own country. [Tom Ridge]
Norman Records (UK):
This is the first thing I've heard from this young Iranian artist and as far as I'm aware his first physical release finding a suitable home at camp Touch. Sohrab creates unique soundscapes using Reason software with superb results. From the slowly building evocative bubbles of 'Susanna' to the emotionally resonant 'Somebody'. Sohrab also uses field recordings adding an additional layer of depth to his sound world. The tracks work subtly and build a mysterious picture of hidden corners. Fine quality stuff.
Sohrab: Iraanse experimentele muzikant op de vlucht
[Sohrab: Iranian experimental musician on the run]
Een Iraanse muzikant die een uitstekend album uitbrengt op het ultrahippe Londense muzieklabel Touch? Dat is natuurlijk groot nieuws! Sohrab is het pseudoniem van Sohrab Karimi Asli uit Teheran. Nieuwsgierig als we zijn, gingen we meteen op zoek naar de man. We vonden hem in Berlijn, terwijl deportatie als een zwaard van Damocles boven zijn hoofd hing. Vanuit zijn tijdelijke Duitse verblijfplaats kregen we volgend alarmerend bericht: “Ik moet je helaas melden dat ik op dit moment dreig gedeporteerd te worden uit Europa. Als je binnenkort niks meer van me hoort, dan zit ik in een Duitse deportatiegevangenis. Ik hoop dat het niet gebeurt en dat we in contact kunnen blijven…” Een paar dagen later hingen we aan de chat met de bewuste Sohrab. [Peter Wullen]
An Iranian musician who brings out an excellent album on the ultrahip London label Touch? That is great news of course! Sohrab is the alias of Sohrab Karimi Asli from Teheran. Curious as we are, we went looking for him immediately. We found him in Berlin, just when deportation was hanging above his head as a sword of Damocles. From his temporary residence, we received this hair-raising and alarming message: “But i must inform you, at the moment im facing the possibility of deportation from europe.. In case you don't hear from me soon, I’m being in deportation prisons of germany.. But i hope it won't happen and i can keep in touch.” A couple of days we were on the chatbox with Sohrab. [Peter Wullen]
The article by Peter Wullen can now be read on www.apache.be and the complete feature on Cutting Edge here.
Touch introduce a new artist to their roster, a 26 year old called Sohrab from Tehran. His startlingly beautiful first release 'A Hidden Place', is a six track album of elaborate ambient electronics and textured drones. Sohrab's music is understandably informed by a life isolated from outside cultures, and even displaced in his own country, which makes his instinctively blissful yet subtly menacing music all the more remarkable. In 'Susanna' we glean lulling rhythms reminiscent of Biosphere's 'Dropsonde' while in 'Pedagogicheskaya Poema' we're reminded of BJ Nilsen and Stilluppsteypa's 'Space Finale', but of course these sounds are informed by Sohrab's own natural taste for occluded darkness. Highly recommended to fans of Deathprod, Hildur Guddnadottir, Fennesz or Kevin Drumm.