New Music Critique: Arhkota

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Contact: arhkota@gmail.com
Web: arhkota.com
Seeking: Booking, Film/TV
Style: Atmospheric Dreamy Alternative

Here’s a unique and alluring project, Dreamy Hamilton, from producer-percussionist Argel Cota, compositions that convince us that people would pay to see it performed and staged. “In My Head” has echoes of Steve Reich/Hans Zimmer in its clockwork beating of metal pans that is juxtaposed against layers of harmonics from vocalist Lubna Maher and a chorale. “Northeast” adds to the allure with its bravura drum beats and Maher’s appealing layers. Most challenging is “Dreamy Hamilton” whose pipe organ, reverbed vocals and electronic seasonings combine for a gothic shroud that is as challenging as it is intriguing. No question, Cota’s Dreamy Hamilton project has something special to offer.