According to Google, “tantra” comes from a Sanskrit word that means “woven together.” “Tantra” and all its other forms are often associated with sex but I’d say this record fits the original word much more than the western connotation. Jane Weaver’s (as the synopsis describes them) sylvan, wordless, vocals are sensual and really tie the room together, if you will. Everything going on around her voice in the introduction (unfortunately, there’s only a preview so I have no idea if we get to hear more of her stunning voice) is startling and she’s the only reason you’re able to tolerate the surroundings. She almost acts like a siren. As with any self-respecting experimental release, as the play time wears on, it gets stranger and stranger and you find yourself falling deeper in this sonic wormhole the four have created. This avoids any real categorization and even the synopsis calls this “open-ended electronics.” Listen to the preview below via the Boomkat player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

 

The Details

This recording of Jane Weaver re-scored by Suzanne Ciani, Andy Votel and Sean Canty aka Neotantrik has been described by Andy Votel as the “incidental music” counterpart to “The Silver Globe”s conceptual soundtrack.

Invoking and refracting Jane Weaver’s hugely acclaimed, ‘The Silver Globe’ in one engrossing session recorded in Bergen as part of an installation at the end of last year, we hear Jane’s original material dissected, atomised and diffused into a side of mercurial, open-ended electronics and mechanical process.

Her sylvan vocal and pop chimes are received from a well detached perspective; one where her melodies, harmonies and vibes are scrambled, extruded and smeared so that we hear their morphing aspects in a swirling lightshow strafing from windswept ambience thru nebulous synth space, garrotting string tension and siren-like drone-pop to a screw-twisting denouement.

The album is also notable for featuring Suzanne Ciani making use of some specially- comissioned Buchla modules, some of the first new pieces produced by Don Buchla in years, plus a Nagoya Harp played through a fuzz pedal and Dulcimer fed through a space- echo. It’s totally absorbing and is perhaps one of thee strongest recordings we’ve heard from the trio’s one-of-a-kind setup, given an added dimension by Weaver’s hugely evocative voice.

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