With producer Bill Laswell, who mixes African drummers (Ayib Dieng, Mar Gueye, Magette Fall) with fusioneers (Bernie Worrell, Jonas Hellborg, Nicky Skopelitis) and bassists (Jah Wohble and Laswell) to land in a "middle passage" of worldbeat. Not bad at all.
Though rooted in the traditions of North Indian classical music, this album adds a subtle modern twist that makes it more digestible to Western ears. Soul Searcher consists of one 50-minute track that swells and recedes, evolving into an epic composition of almost otherworldly beauty. The music combines all the common elements of traditional Indian music – syncopated tabla rhythms, droning tamboura, dazzling vocals – with Shankar's breathtaking violin melodies, then adds keyboards courtesy of Peter Gabriel, who featured the violinist's talents prominently on Passion.
Two years after the band’s great With Us Until You’re Dead, which came along as an emotional manifest fusing orchestral, electronic, sentimental and progressive elements, London-based collective ARCHIVE is about to strengthen their inventive genius and creativeness. Axiom, their epic new album, features all the before mentioned characteristics, however adding a spiritual level full of haunting metaphors.
Fabulous, inventive, smart & a lot more variety than I'd seen for a long time - VILLAGE VOICE nyc. The one & only invigorating & stimulating, disturbing & renewing daevid allen of gong JONNY GREENE gas wacky weird & truly wonderful - N.M.E. These CDs are in matt black card covers with silver and white printing. This is the fiftheenth of a 20CD series, each release a limited pressing of 1000 copies only - no more will be pressed.