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A shining star in the Laraaji microcosm returns for a timely 30th anniversary edition with the Eno-affiliated All Saints, circulating some of his finest, standout zither and synth meditations.
‘Flow Goes The Universe’ was one of Laraaji’s first albums to appear on CD, and so they took the opportunity to recommend its playback with then-new shuffle function or CD track programming to rearrange its sequencing and provide a new experience with each listen. This was also intended to optimise the album’s mixture of durational 25 min works and number of shorter vignettes and silences, the latter of which have been omitted from this first digital edition, but still applies to the remaining eight tracks.
Heard in original sequence, the tracks radiate from the immersive shimmer of the aforementioned 25 min piece ‘Being Here’ to the standout rarity ‘A Cave In England’, with its cavernous 12 minutes of cascading water and arps recorded at Zefferelli’s Ambleside, Lake District, England, and thru to the buoyant aerial strums of ‘Zither Dance’ and its sibling ‘Mbira Dance’, with unmissable highlights in the arcing, angelic scope of ‘Deep Celestial’ and an FSOL-adjunct early ‘90s ambient beauty ‘Space Choir.’