Indian dances cover different dance varieties which might be carried out in theatres, temples and different special occasions. Trance inducing rhythms accompanied by sensual sitars, tribal percussion and acoustic freak folks all added to the combination supply a glimpse into the commune mentality of the early 70s and the musical expressions generated from idealism in closed communities in all its naivety and cosmic connectedness.
However, regardless of the obvious temptation of just making an album of covers, ANANDA performs six different authentic tracks which admittedly sound nearer to the Indian aspect of the equation than the rock with tracks like “Metamorphosis” fully dependent on sitar and tabla interactions albeit with a powerful bass line and an infused burst of rock vitality.
The latter additionally has totally different types of traditional Indian chanting in addition to perhaps essentially the most rock sounding compositional model of any observe apart from the two covers. Who can resist such craziness when Krom is on guitar, Zoot on keys, Bugz on bass, Nez on percussion, Monk on more drums, Zoe on even more percussion and Arol making sounds on hitherto unknown instruments of their own making.
On my first evening in a North Indian farm town within the Bhojpuri region, whence most Indo-Caribbeans had emigrated within the nineteenth century, I felt as if I had handed by that trapdoor and reached some shadowy netherworld the place the ancestral sources of Indo-Caribbean music tradition have been throughout me. As an area acquaintance and I walked by means of the town, Kachhwa Bazaar, to search out an aged singer I had met the day earlier than, music gave the impression to be happening all over the place, resounding from pockets of light and activity in the otherwise dark alleys.
While the band would change things up over time, this early artifact is a gem of avant-garde musical improv expression and most likely one of many main influences of lots of the free-type digital thinkers corresponding to Throbbing Gristle, Coil and Nurse Without Wound that might take the same stylistic approach solely direct it into the world of electronica rather than the Medieval freak people instrumentation.