The Sounds of Varanasi:

A delightful, unusual set of Indian devotional music


By:
DJ Joe Sixpack

Slipcue Guide To World Music, HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER

May 31, 2015

 





"I enjoy a lot of Indian classical music, mostly slower ragas, particularly the introductory alap movements, some bhajans and religious music, and I especially love southern Indian Carnatic music.

 

This album was a delight - an ear-opening introduction to the regional sounds of the Northern Indian city of Varanasi, a holy site on the River Ganges. The tracks are often notional and fragmentary, snippets of chants and tunes, and many performances are recorded informally, with ambient sounds of the city wafting across the music -- people talking, children playing, various urban sounds that give a flavor of the environment and culture this music is from.

 

At first I was a little put off by the relatively rugged production, and then I was utterly charmed by it. Fans of Indian traditional and religious music will want to give this disc a try -- curated by Serbian tabla player Srdjan Beronja, it is an unusual and unique record, very immediate and alluring. Recommended!"


 

- DJ Joe Sixpack

(Slipcue Guide To World Music, HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER)