El-Hadra is an extremely quiet CD from Klaus Wiese, Mathias Grassow, and Ted DeJong. It features one long-form (52 minutes) composition. Wiese is on the zither, DeJong is on the tabla, and Grassow is on the keyboards and synths. The atmospheres surround low-key melodies. The center of the soundscape is the drone. The subtle rhythms come and go. The tabla has definite melodic qualities much like a didg sounding electronic. The zither shimmers and the synth just rolls through the arrangement. This psychoactive set is a winner. It will appeal to fans of Ashera, Ma Ja Le, Oöphoi, Steve Roach, and Robert Rich.
AllMusic Review by Jim Brenholts
feat: Mathias Grassow