Lee Ranaldo Channels 'Boujeloudia Magick' - Song Premiere

Former Sonic Youth guitarist cues a Morrocon adventure

The Master Musicians of Jajouka
Cherie Nutting
August 8, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Memories from a Moroccan expedition are stirred to life on "Boujeloudia Magick," a track off The Road to Jajouka, a new tribute album to the group the Master Musicians of Jajouka. The collection features performances and remixes of original Jajouka material by western artists, including John Zorn, Flea and Lee Ranaldo. 

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In "Boujeloudia Magick," former Sonic Youth guitarist Ranaldo dreams up his impressions of a feral goat-boy, Bou Jeloud, who lived in a cave looming over a village and danced with group leader Bachir Attar's ancestors thousands of years ago as part of a fertility ritual. The song opens with breathy flutes and courses its way through rising, humming percussion. The track then takes on a more hallucinogenic effect with a combination of rhythmic percussion and swirly guitars midway through the song, then builds to a frenzied and abrupt ending.

"This music has no beginning or end; it spirals out in a circular fashion until the listener becomes caught up in the trance rhythms and spiritual feeling," Ranaldo tells Rolling Stone. "Rather than trying to 'solo' over the music I was trying to fit in, to merge with the group and join my sounds to theirs."

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