Hearing Anouar Brahem play solo on the track 'Bahia' on Jan Garbarek's Madar album, I first felt the urge to turn down the lights, turn up the volume, immerse in the sound; the oud playing is mesmeric.
That feel is here in Le Pas Du Chat Noir, where the oud initially takes a backstage to simple piano and accordian, making for some really intense music. As the oud joins later, the three instruments intertwine, supporting each other, fading away when not needed, keeping the flow and the power of the music strong to the end.
Instrumental albums are often relegated to the role of musac, background filler. Not this album, or indeed any Anouar Brahem music I've heard to date. Intense and simple. It makes you want to bring it to the foreground, to stop and just listen, sink into the sound (preferably in the dark ;-)