Asfandyar Khan ~ The North Wind

Snow Makes Things Perfect was a lovely EP that introduced us to the world of Pakistani musician Asfandyar Khan.  His ambient, post-rock-inflected sound has been honed for his sweet follow-up, The North Wind.  Khan seems more confident this time around; the samples are gone, which helps listeners to concentrate directly on his guitar.  The music gently whirls, yielding clear melodies rather than simple snowdrifts.  In the post-rock world, these four tracks, which hover around the three-minute mark, might be used as interludes.  Together, they come across as one track – a result, perhaps, of their compositional time proximity.  The only downside to the EP is that it just ends; there’s no sense of completion, no cue that the set is drawing to a close.  On the brighter side, this means that The North Wind is easy to put on repeat.  (Richard Allen)

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