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I picked up this one during the £5 sale here at Norman records and boy am I glad that I did. I'd never heard of the ini.itu label (so the promotion clearly worked well!) but some reading about and I found that it's a label which releases obscure records of musical sound rather than song. It ha ...

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Already Awake In The Night by Amelia Cuni & Werner Durand
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8/10 Evan Customer review, 5th October 2013

I picked up this one during the £5 sale here at Norman records and boy am I glad that I did. I'd never heard of the ini.itu label (so the promotion clearly worked well!) but some reading about and I found that it's a label which releases obscure records of musical sound rather than song. It has the rather cool Yannick Dauby and other bizarre goings on and I thought I'd have a punt on something.
I just happened to pick this by Amelia Cuni and Werner Durand, simply on the basis that the audio clip had a rather mysterious song in an obscure language and some wobbling, otherworldly sarod playing.
This audio preview comes from the title track 'already awake in the night', a piece which takes up one side of the lp. I'd have liked a little more information as to how this was recorded, where, to what aim and so on, but the little information on the back of the sleeve says that the music is based on the Hindustani Raag Lalit and Todi which welcome in the sunrise. The lyrics are a 12th century hymn which monks sing just before dawn but there is little information beyond that.
It's a really beautiful, all-knowing piece. It has 'sine waves' (me neither) which sound like someone rubbing a wet finger along the rim of a glass, running through the track which makes it sound rather mystical, especially when combined with the beautiful sarod and distorted vocals. It flows along really majestically and on a good sound system, it can really engulf your thoughts.
The B side has 2 tracks of a similar style. The first is a swirling piece with some nice sarod in there. The sine waves circle into your ear drums, it's really bewitching. The final track has a gurgling vocal which is beautifully sinister. It's possibly my favourite track. There's an elegant pain in the voice which is really interesting.
This is an album of sounds which if left to wash over you, can be both soothing and thought provoking.


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