Limited edition of 55 C43 tapes.
Pro-dubbed & on-body printing by Headless Duplicated Tapes.
Artwork by Omar El Sadek.
Layout & tape design by Jiří Macků.
Printed & laminated by Indigo Print.
*Due the global Covid-19 pandemic, some delays with shipping can be expected.
Includes unlimited streaming of Dawafer
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
"10 ton heavy bass experimentalism from QOW for fans of Muqata’a. Seriously cavernous!" (Mixmag)
"Sharp edges, clicks and spikes – interdisciplinary artist OMAR EL SADEK aka QOW balances on the cliff between exploration and protection." (PW-Magazine)
"Dawafer is a cohesive album, distinctive for its flowing sounds, shifting dynamics and general immersive mood." (Ma3azef)
"Listening carefully to a QOW album is like watching surreal art. You can study it over and over, explore it from several different angles, yet you will always find something new." (Swine Daily)
"QOW z útržků hovorů s taxikářem, šumu města a úryvků egyptského popu skládá hypnotický emo-ambient." (A2larm)
"QOW představuje hudbu světa, který je už celý propojený a urychlený jednou sítí. Nezapomíná přitom na to, že je stále tvořený mnoha prvky, které nutně nemusí zapadnout jeden do druhého a splynout dohromady. Osobní a intimní Dawafer tak při poslechu dokládá i to, že globální propojenost nemá být cestou k unifikaci." (Respekt)
DAWAFER by QOW is a pressure-cooked stockpile of built up energy with only incidental, surprising release valves; the rhythmical approach varies from fluid, goopy, malleable percussion to a sometimes more overtly kinetic confrontational pulse - before dissipating into a fog of looming, scorching sound clusters, murky pads that seem to radiate heat, implying scraping, stretched transformations of the raw material. Razor-sharp, gleeming metallic reflections, rattling membranes, spring-loaded patterns are interspersed or even temporarily hijacked by faint mutterings, mangled voices and chance recordings, figuring as the marker and constant reminder of a mostly invisible but always pushing phantom presence.
// Omar El Sadek (QOW) about the album
“A balance of exploration and protection, Dawafer (arabic for fingernails) is a personal album that’s as exhausting as any given Wednesday in my Cairo. All tracks on this album were constructed by the constant interruptions of the curious inspective nails, the sharp protective nails, and the stressed out self-bitten nails. The album’s artwork is a self-portrait set in the evening of that same wednesday.”
// QOW's bio
Omar El Sadek (b. Cairo, Egypt in 1998) is an audiovisual and inter-disciplinary artist specialising in electronic sound production and animated visuals. He’s currently based in Prague, where he studies Fine Arts & Experimental Media.
Omar’s work and sound pieces focus mainly on experimenting with the fragile nature of his surroundings including himself. On the visual side, he takes a similar direction investing in the poetic beauty of imperfections, both visually and conceptually. This principle is mostly visible in his works with artists such as ZULI, MSYLMA, Drew McDowall and Know V.A. Visual work has been exhibited at European audiovisual festivals such as Unsound Festival in Krakow, and Lunchmeat Festival in Prague.
Other works & commissioned soundtracks were for directors like: Tahoun, Selim, different commercial clients and independent short films like (House Of The Flying Architect), which was awarded the Best Overall Contribution medal at the 2018 London Biennale.