Their band name is Nile On Wax, but until recently they were known as Nox. The band consists of Catherine Graindorge (violin, viola), David Christophe (bass, double bass) and Elie Rabinovitch (drums). They live and work in Brussels. As Nox, they released two albums, plus the music for the dance recital 'Charleroi Dances' and movies by Hal Harley and Karim Ouelhaj. That is quite an impressive oeuvre already but, like I mentioned, for me Nile On Wax is something completely new.
The band claims that their music is a blend of cinematic post rock and psychedelic rock and perhaps those were indeed the main influences for Nile On Wax. Yet, from listening to these six tracks, I think that there is a lot more going on. Of course, the sound of the violin and the effects give the whole thing a classical/ambient touch and the bass adds a hint of krautrock. Yet, when the drums come in, I can't help but suspect a history in jazz. Psychedelic? Not so much but nonetheless breathtakingly beautiful instrumental music.
Because of the tribal percussion, closer and title track 'Bell Dogs' is my favorite piece of music on this album, but I can assure you that the whole thing is worth listening to. It opens with 'Rhapsody', a splendid modern day jazz tune which reminds me of acts like Yodok III, be it more melodic. From then on, without toning down on quality, the entire album gently floats through the speakers. While listening to 'Nightride', I imagined Nile On Wax playing at Dunk! Festival next year. I would love to witness this live. So obviously and without any form of hesitation, this is a massively recommended album to post rockers, jazz fans and classical music crossover people.