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Boomkat Product Review:
The latest in RVNG Intl's commendable Frkwys series pairs Brian Eno's favourite zither-tinkler Laraaji with his "musical friend" Arji Cakouros and Philadelphian duo Blues Control in a blissed out session.
Laaraji will be best known to many for his sublime 1979 LP 'Celestial Vibration' reissued on Soul Jazz a few years ago, a gorgeous document of transcendent sonics which has served a high water mark in the recent swell of new age reissues. His friend Arji runs meditative "toning exercises" and yoga workshops in New York, and Blues Control have been working a fine blend of knowing new age ambience and classic rock for the likes of Sub Pop and Holy Mountain since 2006.
Their collaboration documents a a single, improvised studio session recorded in late 2010, an effortless and playful union of their cosmic forces conducted with a grace and purity of intent which could easily be mistaken as the work of a long-acquainted unit. The A-side 'Awakening Day' showcases the supple, dissonant beauty of Lajaaji's zither accompanied by subtly attuned percussion and shapeshifting ambient environs while the longer 'Light Ships' introduces ethereal vocals to a strange, ancient and desolate soundscape. B-side 'City Of Love' sets a more percussive Krautrock vector with layers of motorik rhythm beneath arcing synths and slow, purposeful drone inflected with trickling thumb pianos, and 'Freeflow' is defined by lush reflections on chest-quivering vocal ululations and magically expanding ambient space. It's well recommended to anyone who loved the Border, Ferraro, Lopatin and co LP.