Grapefruit shouts at the outset of this oud, tempered by the soft freshness of amyris. Slowly, the metallic burn of saffron and the spicy light of cypriol jostle to perform a taut duologue that generates weightless tension. In this space, oud, a solitary ember of resin, heats to brilliant glow. Amber and oakmoss sweep into view, heavyweights whose strangely textured sweetness is languorous, yet defiantly voluminous. Finally, sandalwood and guaiacwood sound a soft timpani, an echo that contains the crescendo. A symphony of sharp woods, sweet resins, and fugitive florals, Musica Oud is a melodious, intriguing orchestration on a familiar theme.