This is a wonderful synthesis of traditions. From its opening ... slow, atmospheric, carrying you to some sublimely tranquil, contemplative place ... you can imagine watching the rainwaters caressing the greenery of your garden as you sit and absorb the slow but irresistible pace of life. This is mood music - intense, evocative, capable of carrying you off to some imagined place ... just close your eyes, go there, escape.
The instruments range through melodic and rhythmic palettes, painting colours and images, and then the voice enters with such grace and restraint, it makes you highly conscious of melodrama and self-importance of so many Western singers. This is minimalist music - it is stripped back to honesty, without the glitz and hype of the pop world - it is music which has an essential narrative quality even if the musical styles and language are wholly alien to you.
The three tracks rise in intensity, but you are always conscious of the immediacy of the playing, of the sustained musicianship, traditional, yet irreverent in places, not afraid to venture into new territory. It's music for creative relaxation, for sitting back and allowing the sounds to transport you wherever thou wouldst go ... music with humanity and passion, culminating in the buoyancy of the final track where the swirling rhythms spin you into life and energise you for a return to a more mundane world.