Album Review

Indian Sonic Omnibus [coll] – [Majmua Music]

Thurston Hunger   7/8/2008   CD, International

Sonic snapshots from Majmua/Fire Museum curator Steven Tobin
and his kundalini concubine cohort Leah Fenimore. Pristine in
spirit, if not audio fidelity. Look out for the horns blaring
off the street. It’s as if we are a blind third person joining
the tour for bits and stretches. Hard for me not to find the
“Varanasi Boat Ride on the Ganges” anything short of remarkable
but don’t look for it on a Starbuck’s compilation. Other
recordings have the raw recording like a long echoey cafeteria
or some bizarre bazaar (see track #25 “Hassan Bazaar”). That’s
a short blast, as is #5 for you birdbrains! Questing for the
Qawwali-style, check out #11. Also parades and marching band
practices and even some sweet sax galloping (“Sravanbelagola
Jain Temple Group”). “Mysore Hotel Mandolin & Tabla Duo”, you
can check out…but you can never leave. It has an entrancing
entrance…”would you like some wine” gets voiced over!
Some of the weirder ears are going to wish there were dance
mixes to elongate some of the audio verite voyeuristics.
Dig the sarode less travelled!
-Thurston Hunger

PS KFJC listeners and DJs might like to check out the blog
behind the travels.

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