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The Wanting Creature

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Iska Dhaaf
The Wanting Creature

Released 5/20/16

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"You’re the wanting creature you’re the soul that’s never satisfied"

The Wanting Creature, the second offering from Brooklyn-via Seattle band Iska Dhaaf, is best described as profoundly vulnerable. It takes the complications of loss, depression, and instability from Nathan Quiroga’s & Benjamin Verdoes’ personal lives and turns them into something beautiful. The band explains the album as an intuition or series of transmissions that surfaced slowly over the 3 years the record took to complete. It is an intricate conversation they built, deconstructed and built again. The Wanting Creature revolves around the theme of desire and how it manifests in each area of our lives, even our biology.

True to the form of their first album, the poetry and wordplay of the lyrics on The Wanting Creature is rich, nuanced and layered. Every word is carefully chosen and there is a precise subtlety that allows the lines to continually unfold new meaning and imagery. Likewise, the sounds are refreshing and distinct. The band took their early methods of composition and pushed them into a new realm of production. This was due to the band’s desire to move forward but also the spatial constraints of New York City. The arrangements are bathed in digital textures and explore entirely new sonic territory. Much like Phantogram, Liars, and other contemporary innovators, Iska Dhaaf have pushed themselves to a wider spectrum of possibilities and experimentation.

“I feel what you fear. I fear what you feel inside: to be alone, to be unknown”


All songs written & performed by Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes

"We Are"

Featuring excerpts from "My Struggle: Book One"

By Karl Ove Knausgard, Read By Karl Ove Knausgard.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Karl Ove Knausgard

Used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC


Excerpts from "Plight of the Monarch"

By Cindy & Kirby Pringle, Dogtown Artworks

Copyright (c) 2014

Final poem written by Kabir

Produced by Iska Dhaaf & Ephriam Nagler

Engineered & Mixed by Ephriam Nagler

Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

Recorded at The Apartment, Brooklyn, NY and at Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, WA

Released on Brick Lane Records

Album design by Mandilla

Photo cover by Megumi Shauna Arai

Cover model - Molly Sides

Special thanks to Kirt Debique, Mandy Blouin, Ifrah Ahmed, Ephriam Nagler, and family & friends both living & past