Bangladeafy is a two-man band consisting of bassist Jon Ehlers and drummer Atif Haq, and their combined skill is impressive even before you learn that Jon has been nearly entirely deaf since birth. Then, the mind boggles.
Closing a three-year gap since their bewildering The Briefcase EP left jaws swinging, NYC-based BANGLADEAFY returns with their ripping new Narcopaloma.
The origin of the BANGLADEAFY moniker fuses the Bangladeshi heritage of drummer Atif Haq with the physical hearing impairment of bassist/pianist/vocalist Jon Ehlers — the multi-instrumentalist and his two sisters having been born with sensorineural hearing loss, rendering him virtually deaf his entire life. Yet this thought would never cross your mind, as the duo seamlessly interlopes endless runs and rhythms with intense time changes and otherworldly textures.
Delivering BANGLADEAFY’s manic, tech-mangled, bass and drum-driven delivery comes writhing forth with even more deft precision and brain-warping arrangements than ever on the seven new tracks the Narcopaloma EP bears. Progressive fusion meets cyber annihilation in brutalizing grooves that take the listener by the throat and drag one through a psychotic 8-bit video game holocaust. The synth elements that have steadily permeated the outfit’s works more with each release, Narcopaloma is drenched in random doses of keys, including segueing each track with washes of ambiance, adding even more waves of perplexing awesomeness to the record. And while the BANGLADEAFY output is heavily instrumental by nature, Narcopaloma is virtually void of any vocal utterances.
With Atif Haq’s drums being recorded by Mike Gatto, and all bass, samplers, and keys tracked by Jon Ehlers, Narcopaloma was engineered and mixed by Jonathan Vergara at Pancake Studios, and completed with photography by Brian Bonelli and art design by Kaptain Carbon.