Kin Za Za

Number One in Shambala

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The press materials that accompany this tasty fusion of groove, world rhythms and textures, acoustic guitars (by composer Dimitri), and ethereal vocals by an enigmatic figure named Jozy are fairly grandiose. Readers are told that Kin Za Za is not a fusion of styles, not a fusion of cultures, but a fusion of feelings and different truths, even death and birth. Does the music measure up? Certainly, the trippy atmospheres and lyrical images ("The River," "I Am a Dance") conjure up images that connect the heart and mind to life and the universe -- and the tracks flow effortlessly into a cool aggressive ambience. Tracks like "Endless Freedom" combine folk-like simplicity with modern synth textures, while others like "When You Arrive" are pure, intimate new age inspiration, with Jozy's vocal textures slightly reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan. Soft and delicate sounds find their way through the intriguing mix, whose ultimate mind trip is one of seductive, languid relaxation. The group name is said to be one derived from pure imagination, and no doubt creating one's own images to dream along to will make this an even more engaging experience.

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