Leila Abdul-Raif is a solo artist from San Francisco, California that plays a mixture of of experimental, drone, ethereal, and soundscape and this is a review of her 2018 album "Diminution" which will be released in April as a joint effort between Cloister Recordings, Black Horizons, and Malignant Records.
Tragic sounding keyboards start off the album along with some ethereal sounding trumpets which also bring in elments of jazz music while the music also gives in a great amount of ambient soundscapes along with some female vocals being added after awhile and they also give the music more of an ethereal feeling.
Drones can can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and give the music more of a melancholic atmosphere while some of the tracks are all instrumental along with the songs also bringing in a decent amount of variety and guitars are also added into certain sections of the recording.
Leila Abdul-Raif plays a musical style that takes experimental, dark ambient, drone, soundscape and ethereal music and mixes them together to create a sound of her own, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover dark and melancholic themes.
In my opinion Leila Abdul-Raif is a very great sounding ethereal mixture of experimental, drone, soundscape and dark ambient and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Diminution" "Wayward" and "Light Rising". 8 out of 10.