Boomkat Product Review:
A companion album to last year's acclaimed Indo-futurist tome "KALAK", "KAL (Real World)" continues Sarathy Korwar's exploration of circular rhythm systems and South Asian folklore.
In Hindi, "KAL" means "yesterday" and "tomorrow", and the word was supposed to be the title of Korwar's last album until he transformed it into "KALAK". Now "KAL (Real World)" arrives as a sort of sequel, collecting additional material that extends the London-based musician's densely-layered story. Made in collaboration with Photay, it's music that feels spiritually linked to California's nu-jazz scene - the kind of high-minded material that's oozed out of the sunshine state in the last couple of decades thanks to artists like Sam Gendel and Carlos Niño.
Here Korwar plays bandleader, coaxing his collaborators into complex arrangements without trying to grandstand needlessly. On 'A Root From A Tree', the electronic elements mesh so neatly with acoustic flourishes that it sounds almost like "Bitches Brew"-era Miles jamming with Silver Apples. Later on 'What Came First?', cosmic synths bleed into peculiar animalistic groans, before a swinging beat recontextualizes each sound almost jarringly. Korwar isn't afraid of telling a story that's steeped in history, politics and biography, and it's one that's not over yet.