Sonic Tribe

Sonic Tribe

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This Australian collective's debut album has all the necessary ingredients for an aural stew destined to warm the center of any listener. Roaring didgeridoos, haunting flutes, guitar, percussion, synths, indigenous chants, sweet vocal harmonies, and deep synth pads combine for an overall effect both energizing and calming. Middle Eastern flutes and delayed guitar riffs awaken the spirit on the opening track, as if calling the listener to a desert journey. The journey resumes in "Siren of the Desert" and "Sahara Sunrise," where exotic flutes pirouette in hallucinatory patterns around entrancing female vocals and hand drums. Other highlights of this journey include the probing mystical purview of "Ancestral Voyage," with its churning didgeridoos paddling back through rivers of time as the inspired guitar work of founding member Scott Huckabay opens vistas overhead. Tracks like "Passage 4 Love" and "Lunar Eclipse" are more contemplative opuses, tailor-made for mindful meditation or candle-lit time spent with a loved one. Though this album's loose and inspired framework encompasses many moods, it would still make a perfect, seamless background for everything from yoga sessions to dinners with friends to dancing around a tribal fire.

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