A TASTE OF RA - A Taste of Ra
[Hapna, www.hapna.com]

The gentleness. The beauty. The soft caresses. The summer wind blowing through your hair as you lay on the grass that you're too damn lazy to cut as it's too bloody hot and humid outside. These are the sounds of A Taste of Ra. Mysterious and evocative, this band [or individual?] is about setting just the right mood. Austere piano work joins with delicate guitar picking, with thin layers of organ and freely flowing flute work to produce an album that is simply put a diamond in the rough. Times of music such as this are long gone. Nick Drake took away my virginity and with a few exceptions, there have not been many heirs to his throne. The vocalist's voice [we're told he hails from Sweden] is tinged with a heavy amount of delicacy and purity. He possesses this naiveté about him that makes this work sound so damn real. There is such determination and unmistakable honesty that you believe in everything he sings about - in every little detail that he throws forward into the musical palette. The only thing to get used is the album seems to have been recorded inside of a deep well, which takes away from the immediacy of the vocals. Other than that, this sense of unmistakable sadness permeates every single pore of the record's 31 minute length. This is as sad as sad can get. Now, leave me in peace. Hand me a Kleenex. I'm going to play this record again and cry for a while.

- Tom Sekowski

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