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Boomkat Product Review:
The follow-up to 2019's dramatic debut 10", "hills/demons" continues Paul Purgas (Emptyset) and Imran Perretta's examination of diasporic musical vibrations, with help from Nabihah Iqbal and Bangladeshi singer Sohini Alam.
Another project that looks back to move forward, Paul Purgas and filmmaker Imran Perretta's AMRA establishes itself in earnest with this latest plate. More substantial than its predecessor and bringing in a larger group of collaborators, it features Nabihah Iqbal on sitar on opening track 'Toli Pir', alongside Bangladeshi singer Sohini Alam, both of whom add texture to Purgas and Perretta's reverberating atmospheres. The duo claim to be motivated by ancient rhythmic talas and syncretic mythologies, themes that are well conveyed in this opening intro.
'Rohtang Pass' is a more robust percussive experiment, that plays on Purgas's usual industrial grittiness, pulling the rhythmic focus towards South Asian stylistic templates; basically it's like Pan Sonic if they were motivated by tabla improvisation rather than hotwired drum machines. 'Brahmajuni' continues the experiments, building the tension into a Hollywood score-style crescendo, and closing track 'Srimangal' brings back Alam's vocals for a euphoric finale.