The Freak of Araby


Sir Richard Bishop is a lot of things to a lot of people. He’s a gentleman! He’s a post-punk Guitar God! Now the half-Lebanese indie instrumentalist is about to release an expansive little record on Drag City called The Freak of Araby. It’s somewhere between the energized peacefulness of Yair Dalal and the teasing kitsch of 3 Mustaphas 3 (video), with a slight hint of Fairuz’s boldness. Veering from the meditations of “Entra Omri” to the spastic yelps of “Blood-Stained Sands,” the songs are miniature epics. It’s gonna take me awhile to place this record, but I know it’s good. Bishop’s on tour, starting tonight.

Rumpus contributing editor Ari Messer was a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Bay Guardian from 2006-2010. Here is his web life. More from this author →