Boomkat Product Review:
Intoxicating, hypnotic, longform melds of Indian raga and kosmische synth traditions, converging the minds of Golden Retriever’s Matt Carlson, Pandit Pran Nath disciple Michael Stirling, and Doug Theriault.
Aakash is a deeply involving expedition into the pineal space shared by Hindustani classical vocal music and microtonal electronics, charted by Portland, OR’s Matt Carlson, Michael Stirling, and Doug Theriault.
The trio’s debut recording is a rich delta of analog synthesisers, ululating vocals and shimmering guitar melded with the lushest vision, taking past examples from Pandit Pran Nath and Terry Riley (erstwhile tutors of Stirling’s) and the time-dilating frequency massage of Catherine Christer Hennix as a springboard into their own, hidden pools, tributaries and waterfalls of cosmic raga.
The trip unfolds in four parts, each seemingly mentally preparing you for the next stage of ascendance in a ritual sequence of events that syncs in and flows thru with a highly visual colour and quality of tone. Quite importantly, though, they’re not afraid to mess with tradition, doing all sorts of things to Stirling’s deeply impressive vocals that probably wouldn’t be part of usual technique, but expands that framework over the edges, out of the lines into remarkable new interzones.
A very nice coincidence that this is Root Strata #101; it’s foundational and headily inspiring stuff.