This is Christian from Samsara Blues Experiment’s 2nd solo release. In 2013 he released the cool, relaxed and spacey Solitude CD, which I reviewed and quite enjoyed. Before reviewing this one, I went back and listened to Solitude again and I have to say, the new one is really an incredible leap in a totally another direction but musically still very interesting. While Solitude was very guitar, sitar based with some strange sounds and samples, this new one is very focused on keyboards (synths, organ, fender Rhodes)! Ragamah starts things off with a nice synthesizer melody and some light sitar in the background for ambience (rather than the other way around). He also uses the Fender Rhodes on this one but the lead synth is the primary instrument you follow. L only in Berlin has multiple layers of synths going on as it slowly grows. Too Young Too Soon features a nice acoustic guitar work out while the synths modulate and drone in a more deep frequency range. It works really well. Passage to another World has sitar, acoustic guitar and even harmonica! This is a really happy long track especially when the harmonium like keyboard comes in. I like the ending as it comes back to the way it started (with sitar and harmonica) and includes some like forest samples for a small section. Discovery of Ithaca is another track with sitar, drones and a nice lead synthesizer line as the rest of the sound sort of “sizzles” in the background. Sounds really cool.. The track takes a dramatic twist when the hand drums enter and a dark, bass synth drone kicks in and for the first time you hear this voice… Very cool track. Wow.. Nothing else like this on either solo record. Snow Feathers is a light floaty track with mainly piano. Winterbottom starts with some guitar and then it is taken over by an organ but the main slowly played theme still remains. Ermitage ends the record with a quite intense track with a repetitive drum beat (mixed very low), a heavy drone and pretty spacey….. A very cool record. I liked it a lot.. This should be released on a proper CD or vinyl for sure… Enjoy at the link below..
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