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Be still and know your underlying source of freedom,
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This review is from: Celestial Music (Audio CD)
This is a nicely presented and well compiled introduction to Laraaji's music, spanning 33 years and well worth investigating if (like me) you enjoyed Day of Radiance but had never heard much else by the artist.
The older stuff sounds remarkably fresh - take I Am Sky, for instance - the sonic limitations of the master tape feel almost deliberate - it wouldn't sound out of place segueing into a Boards of Canada track. The gentle lullaby notes of Kalimba could be a hidden track off Drukqs - at which point my painfully limited frame of reference becomes obvious. But you get the picture - if this is 'new age' then it really is new age and not Windham Hill.
There's also often a vibe of the street here - maybe not quite in as raw a sense as you'd get with an artist like Moondog, but there is a touch of similarity here in terms of artistic vision entirely unencumbered by a&r intervention or follower expectation.
I have a pretty short attention span, and find it difficult to pay attention to an entire record in one sitting - this compilation had me transfixed. Some of the tracks here, like Vision Song Suite (and loads of others) have become brain food for me in the way that few other artists do: people like Harold Budd, Public Image Limited, Throbbing Gristle, Durutti Column, Juan Atkins, Ravi Shankar.