There’s a dream that comes to me often – I’m walking alone through a desert, under a bowl of stars or, occasionally, in the direct light of a midday sun. My body is restless. Everything is silent but something inside me is spilling over. It wasn’t until I found Thaddeus Lowe, the stage name for musician Nadeem Gibran Salaam, and his special brand of psychedelic Sufi rock that I had a waking anchor for this dream.
Lowe’s new song, “They Came from Stardust,” is frenetic. It swirls in the air just above us, always moving in one direction and then the other. It’s a song about redemption, Lowe told Kajal over email, and movement.
“Much of the homage to ancient travelers seeking a new home can fold over my journey towards self love like origami,” Lowe said. “There’s a line in the song ‘there are doors to perception that only love can open’ — the same people who sought lands, whether mountains or stars know this to be true, and the woman who greets me each morning has opened that door for me.”
It’s clear that Lowe is wrestling with high concepts of self-understanding. His voice twists like a whirling dervish and mysticism underlines all his lyrics. In addition to providing the vocals to his record, he played every instrument we hear and mixed and produced the song himself.
“They Came from Stardust”, which took Lowe six years to compose, comes ahead of his upcoming album Future Earth.