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- Celestial Music 1978 - 2011 by Laraaji
Now that they've exhausted the Arthur Russell back catalogue by re-issuing, re-packaging til there's no more life left in it you may want to switch your attention to this guy. Discovered back in the '70's by Brian Eno, Laraaji was playing autoharp on the streets of New York when ol' clever clogs asked him to play on his 'Ambient' series.
A cursory listen through this collection reveals an alarmingly pure kind of music that is immediately satisfying, like that of Moondog, it appears to be drawn from the purest of sources. Music made out of necessity as someone once said. Its lush, playful and utterly gorgeous, based around simple drum machines, autoharp and organ the compositions have a sun dappled majesty, hypnotic raga's that immediately transport you to another place. When he sings, the icing is placed firmly on cake and that's where the Arthur Russell comparisons start to come into play. Lovely music and highly recommended.
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