KCRW’s Private Playlist: Maral

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Maral (Maral Mahmoudi) creates dense, distorted, and wildly textured club music with a darkly psychedelic edge. Drawing extensively on the field recordings and folk music of her Iranian heritage, Maral creates mirrored-reality music that recalls experimental artists like Sussan Deyhim and the depth-charge dub of Lee “Scratch” Perry. Maral’s debut cassette, 2019’s “Mahur Club,” served as a statement of intent for the hybrid music she calls “folk club.” Her new album, “Push,” features Perry, as well as Penny Rimbaud, co-founder of the legendary anarchist punk collective, Crass. Maral also hosts the show “Time Away” on dublab.