Boomkat Product Review:
Argentinean multi-instrumentalist Alejandro Franov is probably best known outside his homeland for the contributions he made to Juana Molina's albums Segundo, Tres Cosas and Son. Franov already has five solo albums to his name, but since those haven't made it out of South America and Japan, Khali may be the first exposure many will have to his Idiosyncratic mixture of world music disciplines. This album is comprised of three basic elements: the African mbira, a Paraguayan harp and the sitar. Far from being an uneasy union of styles and genres, Khali functions as a convincing exploration of a single vision - an expansive, detailed instrumental song cycle featuring interjections of subtly deployed electronics, voices and unintrusive percussion. Despite aligning itself with certain instrumental configurations that are bound to be unfamiliar to the usual Staubgold fanbase, Franov is able to shape his sound palette into a highly accessible body of work that's sure to appeal far beyond conventional world music audiences.