Kourosh Yaghmaei's Iranian psyche gets reissued

Blake Gillespie

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Leave it to Now-Again to unearth the godfather of Iranian psyche-rock's alledgedly lost recordings. Recorded in a pre-revolution Iran in the 1970s, Kourosh Yaghmaei had to conceal his music once Islamic fundamentalists seized control and began burning record companies and harassing musicians. Several pre-revolution musicians fled Iran, but Kourosh stayed out of loyalty to his birth country despite being banned from performing and recording for 22 out of the last 32 years.

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Entitled Back From The Brink, the collection revisits Kourosh's music from 1973 to 1979, in which Kourosh recorded as a trio with his brothers Kamran and Kambiz. The group played second hand instruments and sought inspiration in records by The Kinks, The Ventures and The Doors, merging the psyche-sounds with Iranian folkloric music.

Kourosh, “Hadjme Khali”

Back From The Brink is out August 23 on Now-Again on CD and vinyl formats. As always the packaging is supreme in style and comes with a booklet detailing the history of the artist.

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