People forget that the 3rd part of Brian Eno’s Ambient series wasn’t just another solo Eno outing: it was actually mostly the work of Laraaji, the spiritual zither experimentalist. Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance is a lush and gorgeous thing whose influence stretches far. It has been remastered and is pressed to 180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. On Glitterbeat.
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Normally if you said the words "spiritual zither experimentalist” to me I would be running for the first Oasis LP as fast as my little legs would carry me but Laraaji….well….This is the album that was put out as part of Brian Eno’s ‘Ambient’ series in 1980 and though it was produced by Eno is mainly the work of Laraaji.
It is made up of glistening and sun-dappled zither textures with interlocking melodies and rhythms. It’s percussiveness leans towards the repetitions of Steve Reich but it’s also redolent of traditional gamelan music. The sweeping compositions are lengthy yet intoxicating and easy to get lost in. Eno constructs washes of ambience and sound constructs which sit amongst the playing. These become more noticeable as the album moves on with magisterial circling dollops of bright sound textures ebbing away into the sunset.
Now touring with his yoga mat doing ‘healing’ talks, Laraaji has now fully embraced the ’spiritual’ side of his work but here the music does the talking and takes you on a wondrous sonic journey.
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