The Invisible Hands is the English translation of the band's original Egyptian Arabic name: El Ayadi El Khafeyya] Taking almost two years to create amidst an unusual and challenging backdrop, this is the new project of Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop of Sun City Girls). Eleven highly crafted songs projected through his typically dark lens of songwriting and a band of brilliant musicians from Egypt, drenched in lovely psychedelic folk arrangements and vocal choruses with a nod to what could have potentially been an album that surfaced decades ago but instead found its way into the future superimposed over historic and tumultuous times in the center of the Arab world. The lead vocals are sung in Arabic by Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda.
The Invisible Hands formed in 2011 under Bishop, who writes all the tracks and sings in English on about half of the songs. In October 2012, the band recorded and released their first tracks together on a 7-inch vinyl with “Insect Dilemma/Disallowed, and a stunning cover of a Moroccan folksong from the early 1970s, Lili Twil, on the B-side.
In March, The Invisible Hands released their self-titled debut, an Arabic-English album which is an eclectic grouping of updated oud or lute-driven Arabic folk songs paired with pieces featuring acoustic and electric guitars and ambient noise, plus the occasional rock anthem. And it's good, but it could have been great had it been a bit more adventurous — perhaps more vocal effects, more intricate guitar riffs, more pedals, and more noise elements for increased viscerality.
Band members include Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda (both former members of popular Egyptian group Eskenderella) with drummer Magued Nagati. On a handful of songs, several other players from the Cairo scene are featured including Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect/Land of Kush) on oud and Mohamed Medhat on violin and viola.
(Source : http://www.awyav.com )
The Invisible Hands - Insect Dilemma/Disallowed
01 Insect Dilemma-Disallowed
02 Lili Twil
The Invisible Hands - The Invisible Hands
01 Kolo Zay Ba'do كله زى بعضه (The Same )
02 Makanet el Ahlam مكنة الأحلام ( Dream Machine )
03 Sabi el Saffah صبى السفاح ( Hitman Boy )
04 Nafa' el Dalma نفق ضلمة (Dark Hall)
05 Black Shoes بلاك شوز
06 El Axeer الإكسير (soma)
07 Demaghi دماغى ( My Skull)
08 Nas w Nas ناس و ناس ( Nice On Ice )
09 Dam aswad دم أسود ( Black Blood)
10 El Khamaseen الخماسين ( Summer rain )
11 Mazbalet el Mawt مزبلة الموت ( Death Zoo )