Four long years on from their joyous debut album Deeper and Deeper comes the second studio record from Dutch duo Deutsche Ashram. Guitarist Ajay Saggar and vocalist Merinde Verbeek’s scuffed, loud yet boundlessly melodic sound has now been blown up into something much more panoramic on Whisper Om.
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I've been reviewing so much imperious instrumental stuff recently - ambient music recorded in a barn in Sweden, that sort of thing - that it was a treat to hear something a bit more immediate. 'Whisper Om' is the new record from Deutsche Ashram. It's full of scuzzy guitars, drum machines, and ethereal vocals. What's not to like?
There's currently a glut of groups making music in this vein, such as The KVB and the Soft Moon, but it's Deutsche Ashram's percussion that sets them apart from their peers. It's pretty diverse, with lots of weird drum machines, hectic beats, and odd textures. There are a few tablas peppering the record and even some garage rhythms at points.
'Whisper Om' is slightly submerged by the sonic detritus of effects and processing, lending it a certain indefinite air that I quite like. It's a weird record and definitely one that bears re-listening. There's more than first meets the ear, and enough on 'Whisper Om' to suggest that Deutche Ashram are confident ploughing their own furrow. I'm looking forward to hearing what they do next.
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