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The War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness

Julean and the Rai

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"The War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness" is the 4th studio album and 9th release from Julean and the Rai, released in June of 2017 and containing 12 tracks of newly recorded material.

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  1. 1 Underground 04:44 Info
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  2. 2 Go On 05:19 Info
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  3. 3 The Way that Leaving Goes 03:50 Info
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  4. 4 The Exchange 04:27 Info
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  5. 5 First Light 03:43 Info
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  6. 6 Darlene 04:02 Info
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  7. 7 Black Sea 04:05 Info
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  8. 8 Effortless 05:02 Info
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  9. 9 I Know (You Used to Know) 04:01 Info
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  10. 10 Wick'd World 03:00 Info
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  11. 11 Candy (Take it Away) 04:37 Info
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  12. 12 New York State 06:46 Info
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Live at the Baggott Inn (NYC, 2007)

Julean and the Rai

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Recorded in 2007 in New York's West Village at the now non existent Baggot Inn and with the original lineup (Leo Pelekh, Mykee Schaffer, and Julean Rai), this recording documents one of the first shows of Julean and the Rai.

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  1. 1 Candy (Live) 05:00
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  2. 2 Gonna' Miss You (When I'm Gone) (Live) 03:58
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  3. 3 Come for You (Live) 06:52
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  4. 4 Wick's World (Live) 02:49
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  5. 5 I Know (You Used to Know) (Live) 04:10
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  6. 6 Long, Long Walk (Live) 05:10
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  7. 7 Alexandria, Falling (Live) 08:14
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Muse Tree

Julean and the Rai

The album "Muse Tree", which contains many songs from early in Julean Rai's songwriting career, as well as some newer songs, written for the album about real people and events at around the same time, starting from his journey leaving home at seventeen. From "The Roots" (a story about losing a first love while at the same time choosing to leave home), to "Fifth Street Coffee Song" (a story about 90s coffee shop culture, to "For Me" (a song about a last jaunt with an old friend before friendship fades into early adulthood), each song is an autobiographical account of real life, real people, real loss, and real change.

In an abandoned warehouse -- turned into rented artist's studios -- with two guitars, a snare drum, a mixing console, scattered percussion instruments and piecemeal recording equipment, Julean set out to create an album that had been both performed and waiting for galvanization for over a decade. The studio became his home for the next 40 days -- waking to record and often falling asleep at his board. Julean would eat, sleep, record, and master his creation; rarely leaving the confines of the studio. These sessions for the "Muse Tree" would also include sessions for album two, "Darlene" (European release: "Here."), as well as "Alexandria, Falling" and "Disconnect". He would not return to New York until all four projects were completed, and ready to be heard.

With the aid of friend and artist Benjamin Bader and promoter Bill Cunningham, Julean would complete all four projects, returning to New York to begin work on album three, "Secrets and Stains", while writing the material for the more-recent "Candy" EP (featured on "Live at the Baggot Inn").

This was the second attempt to perfect this first chapter: the first occurred three years earlier, in 2003.

"Muse Tree" was recorded alongside and in the same sessions as "Alexandria, Falling", "Here.", and "Disconnect". Intended to be used sellable merchandise to fund a hastily planned move to Europe from New York City, "Muse Tree" was equally hastily mixed, mastered and burned to recordable CDs alongside printed, one-sided covers for the trip (called the "European demos".

Distributed by hand during last minute open mic spots, squeezed in shows, busking excursions and eventually real shows in London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hradec, many points in Romania and Hungary, and eventually Poland (where Julean settled), the album eventually found its way onto the Torrent networks, which was responsible for most of the early distribution of this album.

In 2017, Origen Music released a fully remixed and remastered version of "Muse Tree", which contained unreleased takes and material from the original sources and a professional master.

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Alexandria, Falling

Julean and the Rai

Performed live since 1999 as "Alexandria, Falling" and developed as a concept album in 2007, this EP contains an expanded 9-song opus in rich, complex Indian / Arabic / Post-Rock fusion. Primarily instrumental (only two tracks contain vocals on this album) and segmented into individual chapters, the "Alexandria, Falling" EP is a paranoid look into a near-dystopian reality; the genocide of all that was once subtle, and real.

"Alexandria, Falling" is the 6th release of the band Julean and the Rai.

"Alexandria, Falling" was recorded in 2007, alongside "Muse Tree", "Here.", and "Disconnect" (later called "The New York State Demos"). It contains nine tracks of mostly instrumental material, and all of the songs contain either Egyptian and Indian fusion (Rai music), or Celtic compositions, as well as two tracks with strong political statements.

The songs are all based loosely around the title track, "1:1 Alexandria, Falling", which was written in 1999. Although released in Europe in 2008, by 2010, the album was well received in the Middle East, having reached there after being disseminated throughout the torrent networks in that time.

Originally released only as a promotional demo in Europe in 2007, in 2017, Origen Music is expected to release a finally completed, fully remixed and remastered version of "Alexandria, Falling" for American audiences.

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Here.

Julean and the Rai

"Here." was a 2008 European promotional release intended for bookings and hand to hand sales at shows, but later leaked through the BitTorrent network. Containing tracks recorded alongside "Muse Tree", "Alexandria, Falling", and "The New York State Demos", these demos are featured on recent albums and live recordings.

In 2017, Origen Music is expected to release a finally completed, fully remixed and remastered version of "Here." for American audiences.

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The New York State Demos

Julean and the Rai

The first set of demos from Julean and the Rai, which include tracks recorded in the 2007 "Muse Tree' sessions and intended for an EP entitled "Disconnect".

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  1. 1 Behind the Wall (demo) 07:00
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