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Boomkat Product Review:
Ken Camden hails from Chicago and has played guitar in groups Meisha and Arco Flute Foundation since the 90s. Striking out alone for Kranky, he seeks a spiritual plane of Kosmiche drone, editing six much longer trance-outs into more manageable episodes for this beautifully presented set. Using a setup of synths, sitar and harmonium he skillfully consolidates Eastern and Western modes with the finesse and grace of a modern classical musician. The deft melodic arpeggiations and hints of sitar on opener 'Birthday' and the blossoming harmonic section of 'Raagini Robot' on the A-side remind of the Roj release for Ghost Box, only with a more elemental and gradually paced effect, probably not intended for use on TV or radio. On 'Raga' we encounter his distinctive guitar playing for the first time, combining with the slow swirling drones to add a coarsely psyched texture before the standout 'Jupiter' glides off to the brink with discordant synth communions steadily elevating us towards a magically expanded end point. Best Kranky in a while - don't miss!