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Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong takes us to the Buddhist holy land of Tibet, or “the roof of the world” with a particularly mesmerising new episode of his augmented sonic travelogues issued by the excellent Akuphone, rather than his usual home of Discrepant.
If you’ve never heard any Kink Gong records, this is a really great place to get acquainted with what he does; basically taking dozens of hours of location recordings made during extensive travels around Asia, and then post-processing them into stunning collages which retain the character of the source material, yet radically re-compose it as something else entirely, giving a richly impressionistic feel for whatever region he’s focussing on.
In that sense, Tibetan Buddhism Trip fully live up to the promise of its title, implying a psychedelic treatise on the remote Himalayan region which comes captivatingly alive thru layers of mind-bending chants, slow thumping percussion and chiming bells in the 1st half, then with massed polyrhythmic clangour of traditional drums, processed horns and swarming street noise in the 2nd half.
We urge you to give this one a whirl. It’s far cheaper than a return trip to Lhasa, and almost as intoxicating as we’d imagine it to be!