Jacques Bessin

Stardiver

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Stardiver is a tape that seeks to fuse the impressionistic esthetic of spacemusic with the earthy rhythms of neo-shamanism. Bessin and Sargent are primarily piano and synthesizer players, with Sargent adding softly wailing harmonica on three cuts, while Mazatl Galindo (formerly of Xochimoki) contributes various flutes, kalimba and percussion. The tunes switch back and forth between folky space ballads -- usually based around piano, synth and flutes -- and the livelier more developed neo-primitive pieces. The music tends to meander a bit at times, with the three rainforest-inspired pieces being the most successful. "Mahogany" sets up an infectious percussion groove, propelled by a looping bass synthesizer riff and chanting, while "Dolphins of the Amazon" mixes spacey piano and synth with dolphinesque sounds played on clay flutes. The final track, "Rainforest," layers rainstick, piano, synth, flutes and charango with simulated bird sounds played on a flute.