Various Artists

Ajna Music Metrospiritual, Vol. 1

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This excellent compilation is a great starting point for those just looking into the world of New Age fusion music. AJNA MUSIC METROSPIRITUAL VOL. 1 collects work from some of the best artists working in the genre. Music from electronica-influenced artist Donna de Lory, the Indian-Americana hybrids of Sada Sat Kaur, and the jazz/gospel/rock-influenced kirtan of Dave Stringer take up a good portion of the collection. All of these artists use Sanskrit mantras and Indian scalar patterns, yet their music sounds utterly contemporary, innovative, and progressive.

The tracks by these artists alone are worth the price of the CD, but with the addition of cuts by armchair electronica provocateur Laurel, and the rhythmic, melodic, trans-cultural melting pot of Tom Rossi, makes AJNA MUSIC a real treasure. The "metrospiritual" appellation in the title is apt: this music is clearly devotional, evoking sonic landscapes almost hymn-like in their power and sweep, yet also au currant, keeping with the cutting edge sounds and sensibilities of our modern cities. This is great as an introduction to these fine artists, and stands up as a mesmerizing listen on its own.

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