Faten Kanaan’s new album ‘A Mythology of Circles’ is out now

Brooklyn-based composer Faten Kanaan returns with new album ‘A Mythology of Circles’, her first to be released on Fire Records. The new album explores cyclical repetitions in nature and time, and the allegories about them.

These re-conjured stories are an attempt to temper the anthropocentric hubris. Reminders to revere nature without the need to overpower it. To embrace ‘mystery’ in our feats of discovery and innovation. The album also has an autobiographical side: a story of movement, migration, and return. Of renewing hope in the face of political and environmental struggles.

Inspired by cinematic forms and mythological story structures: from sweeping landscapes and quiet romances, to patterned tensions and dream sequences; Faten brings an earthy, visceral touch to electronic music. In symbiosis with technology is an appreciation for the vulnerability of human limitations and nuances.

Harmony and counterpoint are composed intuitively and treated as narrative tools – with sound, silence, and the resulting mystical relationship between notes used as gestures to tell a wordless story. The album is separated into a ‘dusk to evening’ side, and an ‘underworld/dream-state’ side; highlighting the myths of Ishtar, Inanna, Orpheus, Persephone, and others.

Composed, produced and mixed by Faten Kanaan. Mastered by Heba Kadry (Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Julianna Barwick).

• Limited Dinked Edition Red and White ‘Inkspot’ Vinyl (SOLD OUT), Standard LP and CD.

Faten Kanaan – A Mythology of Circles

Faten Kanaan 2020 (by Lena Shkoda)


★★★★ Uncut Magazine

What makes it truly stand out is its remarkable sense of mystery, the occulted significance in its references to cosmology and greek myth. I’ve lived with A Mythology of Circles for more than a month now, played it most days and I’m still finding unexpected nuances and evocations. It soothes and intrigues in equal measure

The Quietus

Faten Kanaan’s handmade approach to electronica let’s playfulness weave through her cinematic forms, as orchestral tapestries, chamber folk and electronics commune

★★★★ MOJO

Evoking lofty themes it has undeniably visceral cinematic effect

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