Bowed harp loveliness from Louise Landes Levi, also featuring Hilary Jeffery droning on trombone. Interpreting the Indian raga and The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company plus The Theatre of Eternal Music. Contemporary reimaginings; beautiful, stirring and heartwarming sounds. This album also comes with a poetry collection written by Louise herself. Limited to 300 copies, vinyl LP on Sloow Tapes.
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With seemingly only a couple of tapes (released years ago) to her name ever available in the aural medium (however, these older releases are available digitally); poet and experimental musician Louise Landes Levi now has this thoroughly excellent piece of vinyl to add to her discography. As if the record wasn't amazing enough, you, the wily punter, also receive a wee textured pamphlet of poetry enclosed inside; this whole brilliantly conceived package released over there, then exported over here by the ever-vigilant Belgian stable Sloow.
Alongside her friend: C. Hennix protege Hilary Jeffery, on tromb(dr)one, together they have created two epic, absorbing pieces, one a re-interpretation of Pandit Ram Narayan's 'Jogiya', which is based rather simply, yet effectively, around a stealthy and ominous sounding (undisturbed) bed of eternal low-down trombone (I must learn that circular breathing technique) with her beautifully played bowed harp weaving sleepily and evocatively alongside the omnipresent drone. I keep involuntarily closing my eyes to enhance the profound sensation. One such feeling I wish never to cease.
The other side of this esoteric chunk of wax, 'Bhairavi' is kicking out much the same "impro-vibe", the rustic and melancholic-sounding harp possibly even more tonally adventurous and edgy but overall the juxtaposition of the two instruments creates something incredibly powerful that I struggle to interpret into words as I keep on drifting off somewhere special. Both are utterly sublime pieces of music, - naturally transcendental and tremendously absorbing. There are a mere 300 of this, It's the only record I'm buying this week and I strongly advise you to do the same.
9/10 Robin Saville Customer review, 3rd June 2015
I've played this record most days since I got it, and it never fails to transport me elsewhere. It's one of those pieces of music which seems to magically slow down time and hold the outside world at bay for a little while and for that reason I treasure it. There's a real elegance too about a record which has one longish piece on each side, something about the vinyl format just works for stuff like this.
Also, trivia fans will be fascinated to learn that Hilary Jefferey also featured on Germ's Black Chair ep on GPR back in the day (1994 actually).
I've not read the poetry, mind.
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