Music: Derek Monypeny – Peace Be Upon You

The long closing track from Derek Monypeny’s recent solo venture How Can Be takes me right back to the early, early mornings I spent during my work visit to Afghanistan. I would sit out on the porch of the guest house where I was staying and listen as about seven mosques burst to life, the many staggered prayers echoing through the open space as they sung out through their cheap tannoys. I’m not a religious man by any stretch but those moments stuck with me and cheered my homesick heart. Monypeny captures that same essence by looping and overlapping similar prayer sessions into a 15 minute slow building burst of beauty and wonder. The rest of this album is just as captivating, with Monypeny showcasing his amazing abilities on guitar and oud, but this incredible sentiment is the perfect note of grace and stillness to close How Can Be out.

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