Boomkat Product Review:
Heaven-sent zither meditations by cult ambient new age star and Eno collaborator Laraaji, recently discovered on acetate, and scrolling right back to his early years c.1978 and the beginning of a fruitful oeuvre
Heralding a 4LP retrospective ‘Segue To Infinity’ on the horizon, ‘Ocean’ offers a floatation tank regression session peeking into Laraaji’s genesis, back when he was known as Edward Larry Gordon, as on the ‘Celestial Vibrations’ LP. This appetizer for the full box set holds to the light three glittering, single-length shimmers of his early work spied in the temple-stroking lushness of ‘Ocean (Glimpse)’, the Michael O’Shea-adjacent and gamelan-like rhythmelodic pulse and flange of ‘All Pervading (Glimpse)’, and the slow, radiant ‘Bethlehem (Glimpse)’ adjoined by their full length examples for those who have the time and pace to really get into it.
While the notion of “new age” has perhaps become spoiled in recent years by groundswell of less-than-passable imitations, Laraaji’s work remains ineffably gorgeous in spirit and scope - it’s always worth reminding yourself of his original, inner-worldly vision.