Parijat

Buddha Garden

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German-born guitarist Parijat creates music that moves the heart and is in itself blissfully, intentionally repetitive, creating a sense of stillness. BUDDHA GARDEN's quiet themes center around a gently finger-picked nylon-string guitar with waves of synthesizer chords creating a mellifluous drone in the background. The canon-like structure of the songs echoes nature's cycles. This is used to great effect in "Returning Home," a sweetly melancholic piece that suggests the repetition of personal history and the eternal return to peace through spiritual redemption.

"Subundallah," expresses some melodic, minor-key tension and raga-like intensity, using Indian percussion and a guitar played in a staccato, sitar-like manner. The album is book-ended by two versions of "Transience," a tranquil piece with a memorable repeating melody line. Its first instance is sparse and haunting, while "Transience II" is a lot more lush and insistent, suggesting that while our life stories are indeed both transient and cyclical, they gain in beauty on the retelling.

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