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Anantakara’s inspiring electronic music albums reviews


a stunning album

There is nothing quite like being able to listen to the artistic endeavors of a musician who has such a grasp on mood motion and reality, and to that point, I am most grateful to be able to bring to you my thoughts on the latest release by Anantakara entitled Forgotten Key.

This is truly a quality album that has such wonderfully smooth tones and crisp but pertinent notes of value. By listening to the opening foray entitled Right Time – Right Place we have a track that hovers and floats around us, and vibrates at a resonance that manifests something so fascinating, that you will never ever wish to leave it environment.

A slight but sensitive back percussive element can be felt within this next track called Behind Below And Above, almost an alternate suggestion on Phil Thornton’s New Age classic called As Above So Below. Here the artist manifests waves of electronic music that drift, ebb, and flow, with a crafted keyboard that is the master off all that it surveys; this is an experimental arrangement that is simply idyllic for any seeker of a free musical sanctuary.

At the half way juncture we come across an offering that I adore, and I am sure that Eno himself would salute this track called Ask The Seer, the inspiration I drew from this piece as a musician was immense, moving from new age legends like Deuter to the aforementioned Eno. This is classic ambient music, a hovering intensity, a manifestation of musical genius to create a void in musical time and space and thus, Ask The Seer is born, this is ambience personified, this is without doubt my personal favourite track off the album.

A horse of a totally different colour can be found on this next composition called Unnamed Rituals. At times this is a track that drifts into the realms of Germany’s Al Gromer Khan, it has a wonderful ethereal flow to its back drop of ambience, whilst in the forefront, a minimalistic sense of a setting is so atmospheric and moody, and wrapped up in an environmental dome of musical pleasure.

Forgotten Key is a stunning album and pieces like La Force Du Coeur [That Heart Courage] shows me that the artist is literally touching the helm of composers like David Wright or Isao Tomita with ease, this is an offering that moves forward and back and from side to side, and whilst doing so compensates for every musical nuance along the way, and is without doubt one of the most inventive pieces from the album.

The last track off the album is called Times Are Changing, this is an arrangement that seems to coalesce and swim within itself, and whilst doing so manifest something different from its exit on the other side of the composition, a clever way to leave the album indeed.

Forgotten Key by Anantakara in my view is the artist’s best work so far; he has challenged his audience to step out of those preconceived boundaries of life, and offered up musical solutions and tones, in a sanctuary of musical ambience and artistic brilliance that I truly believe to be some of the most magnificent electronic music I have heard thus far this year.

Steve Sheppard

(One World Music Radio)

an art form all of its own

I have been following the musical pathways of Philippe Wauman in another guise for some years now, but here he partners with fellow electronic musician Frédéric Gerchambeau and thus produce between them one of the most fascinating EM journeys I have taken this year so far, with this new release entitled Ashta.
Here is Ashta, its meaning is eight in Sanskrit, and here this sojourn can be taken by crossing eight valleys, each associated with eight Crystals or stones. This is indeed a riveting subject, and I Indulged a couple of listens before beginning to write my thoughts, as the first time around I became so encapsulated by the subject matter and performances within, that I lost myself. This interests me deeply also, as a composer of ambient music myself, and one who has an interest in the properties of Crystals.
The trail starts with the gentle and ever onward The Amethyst Valley and then morphs into a far more intent offering entitled The Citrine Valley, both pieces highlight a truly addictive journey, and the styles of performances although different, accompany each other perfectly.
Our sea is the color of this next track, The Lapis-Lazuli Valley, and the stereo experience on my new headphones was blissful, this track again differed, with a few Jazz styled ethics; various amalgamated percussion could also be found within, and reminded me at times of another EM outfit in Sensitive Chaos (Jim Coombs).

The tracks flow with such precision and crafted care and attention, that it is utterly a pleasure to be a part of this musical experience. One of the finest examples of that for would be the piece The Topaz Valley, an arrangement that seemed to swirl around me in almost excitable energy and allowed me to drift into the concluding offering entitled The Journey Is The Destination, a piece with a powerful percussive essence, backed by some truly intent and intense synths, something about this reminded me slightly of turn of the century Al Gromer Khan, but heavier in construction and more complex in build and progression, but none the less a brilliant way to leave the album.

Ashta by Philippe Wauman & Frédéric Gerchambeau is an art form all of its own, it is a wonderfully symbiotic amalgamation of electronic music styles, one that to be honest I enjoyed immensely. Each track is a tale to be told on its own, and it is the perfect release for the listener who loves a musical adventure, taking ones as it goes, as the journey through Ashta is fascinating, intriguing, and enlightening.

Steve Sheppard

(One World Music Radio)