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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+ Tripleplay - Gambit
+ Trzaska/ Wirkus - Noc/ Nacht
+ Chie Mukai/Rinji Fukuoka - L'Energie de l'Existence
+ Bernard Parmegiani - JazzEx
+ Makoto Kawabata - O Si Amos A Sighire A Essere Duas Umbras?
+ Acid Mothers Temple - Demons from Nipples
+ Andrzej Mierzyński (Andymian) - In the Garden of the Rainy King
+ Blare for A - I'm Your Dildo; 498 Days With The Mosquito
+ Kriwi - Past and Present
+ Nokturnal Mortum - Mirowozzrienije
+ Astrofaes - ...Those Whose Past is Immortal
+ Slavland - Pieśń Gromu
+ Henry Threadgill’s Zooid - Up Popped the Two Lips
+ Jaga Jazzist - What We Must
+ Zen Paradox - Numinosum
+ Cristian Vogel - Station 55
+ Tiefschwarz - Eat Books
+ Telepopmusik - Angel Milk
+ The American Analog Set - Set Free
+ Royksopp - The Understanding
+ Timo Maas - Pictures
+ Hakan Lidbo - Sound Molecules
+ Hakan Lidbo - From Stockholm With Love
+ Kalk Seeds
+ Matthew Herbert - Plat Du Jour
+ Hauschka - The Prepared Piano
+ Peter Grummich - Switch Off The Soap Opera
+ Famous When Dead IV
+ Benjamin Brunn - Music Under Pin

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+ SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA - The Cry of Jazz; SUN RA & HIS SOLAR ARKESTRA - The Magic Sun
+ FIFTHS OF SEVEN - Spry From Bitter Anise Folds
+ OE GIARDULLO 4TET - Now Is; JOE GIARDULLO - Weather - Live at Klub RE Krakow
+ MALCOLM GOLDSTEIN - Hardscrabble Songs
+ OCTET de JEAN-PIERRE JULLIAN - Opus Incertum on C.
+ V/A - Italian Café; V/A - Swing Around the World
+ FRANK WRIGHT - The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings
+ DINO SALUZZI / JON CHRISTENSEN - Senderos; CHRISTIAN WALLUMROD ENSEMBLE - A Year From Easter
+ EMILIANA TORRINI - Fisherman's Woman; THE BLUE NILE - High
+ THE MOTHERS - Township Sessions; BUKKY LEO & BLACK EGYPT - Afrobeat Visions
+ PETE ASTOR - Hal's Eggs
+ KILL MEMORY CRASH - Crash V8; LUSINE - Inside/Out
+ FENNESZ / SAKAMOTO - Sala Santa Cecilia
>> A TASTE OF RA - A Taste of Ra
+ ATELEIA - Swimming Against The Moments
+ LUIGI ARCHETTI / BO WIGET - Low Tide Digitals II
+ AXON - Constant Comments
+ NODS OFF - In the Space Between; TSE - The Sound Ensemble - Inversions
+ MOLY - Your Life is in Danger; ...BENDER - ...Bender; BREATHLESS - Behind The Light