Falik

Falik

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World Alternative Rock - dance to it, groove to it. World music infused with hip hop and rock featuring the Irish bouzouki with a Mediterranean flair. And all of it PODCAST SAFE!

Biography

There was a period of time when the Irish bouzouki, or at least the cheapo electric guitar version of it, was heard on practically every pop hit. But disregarding this curious part of pop history, the creation of any kind of hybrid of American and Middle Eastern music has happened mostly in the Middle East, not in America. Something of a minor hit for an independent album when it was first released, "Streaks and Strokes" is one of the few breakthroughs that happened on the American continent, courtesy of a talented and charming gent whose connection to the aforementioned Middle Eastern pop influence was non-existent. The multi-tracking and arrangements that Falik so meticulously created on this set of instrumentals are almost as much of a marvel as his exciting, technically stunning Irish bouzouki work. All the same there is something quaint about these accompaniments, although that is part of the charm, like the British style of serving chips at a curry house. One unforgettable image of Falik over the years was a private demonstration he provided for a Riverside, CA host while performing at Babylon's. Seated on a stool in the midst of an empty restaurant, Falik played rapid-fire Irish bouzouki licks over the top of what sounded like a full-band backing, all coming out of a laptop computer at his side. He seems to be one of those multi-trackers that spends forever working on pieces and sometimes never stops tinkering, which might explain why he only completed four volumes of music such as this when there is clearly a demand for more. In that sense the success of this album is also a nice part of the home-recording scene, Falik establishing an early mastery of the type of new recording technology that would move many artists out of the realm of the recording studio for good. In addition, the strength that indie labels had in the '00s was also one of the reasons that a record such as this, at first released on the artist's own Magic Lantern label, and now on Magnatune.com, eventually would pick up something of a global following, including the popularity of the "Djini Dance" track at the hippest haflas. Sifting through all these positives, a listener can be an alchemist and attempt to isolate the gold or single element that makes this project work so well. The inevitable answer is Falik himself -- beyond the instrumental virtuosity, his joy with what he is doing comes across as a specific within the general sense of his exuberant personality.

Lyrics

All I See is Rain

Written By: Charlie Pecot

I know you can feel what's in my heart
with every beat that gets in to you
We've been like lovers right from the start
and there was nothing that we couldn't do

Summer days that rolled away
Sweet Sierra rain
Skies that stretched for miles beyond
and all I see is pain

I know that there will be a time
for me to find love
I know that there will be a place
for me to shine
I know that there will be a time
for me to find love agian
but for now for, for now
All I See is Rain

I gave you more than you could take
All I ever wanted was a friend
You took my heart and you watched it break
How could all this have just been pretend?

You blew through me like that hot valley wind
And watched the sun set on our little time
What was it that changed in your heart
scared you away and left me behind

Summer days that rolled away
Sweet Sierra rain
Skies that stretched for miles beyond
and all I see is pain

I know that there will be a time for me to find love
I know that there will be a place for me to shine
I know that there will be a time for me to find love again
but for now for, for now
All I See is Rain

Discography

"Falik's Revenge" 2008, "Elvolution" 2006, "Dreams from the Machine" 2005, "The Ballad of el Efe" 2005, "Streaks and Strokes" 2003

All tracks can be streamed from http://falikshow.com

Set List

From "Elvolution": Electric Butterfly, Mediterranean Blue, And Finally.

From "Dreams from the Machine": Ika, When I Look into Her Eyes, The Mystery of Pain, Son of Sand Flea Remix, Mezza Messa, Locovenido.

From "The Ballad of el Efe": Llama Mia, My God the Stars, The Babllad of el Efe.

From "Streaks and Strokes": Bliss, Celtasian Boogie, Tobouli Gumbo.