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Sikhara – “Live In The United States 2007-2008” – [AntiClock Records]

lombard   12/1/2009   A Library, CD

On this brand new release, Sikhara Live in the United States 2007-2008, we get to hear some fine sounds recorded at both our own fair KFJC (December 3, 2008) on Dominic Trix’s show and also at WFMU (April 2007) on Brian Turner’s program. Line up includes Scott Nydegger, Sasha Drumure, Ethan Port and Steve Mackay (of Iggy and the Stooges fame).

It all begins darkly, with moans, heavy percussion, and oscillating noises; but evolves into a repetitive, tribal space on many of the pieces. Imagine what would happen if a drum circle hooked up with musicians with creepy machines and you’ll get a sense of the sound here. Accompanying voices range from demonic moans to quiet accents to shamanistic wails to hovering operatics.

“Anduni” (track 7) is a particularly nice melding and layering of sounds, with not only a jazz vibe and instruments, but percussive accents and buried operatic vocals (like a radio station from afar).
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