The Collective Acoustics crew adds harpsichord, viol de gamba and prepared drum set to their usual mix of organs, synths, basses and percussion on this record that mixes sounds of the past and present to form a funkier future. The addition of guest musicians playing pedal steel, trombone, saxophones and an original instrument called a buzzaphone, expands the group’s already dizzying atmospherics and gritty grooves. Recommended for the more adventurous listeners of electronica, jazz, and rock.
On bc≥ad, Collective Acoustics aims to bring an organic approach to electronic-influenced music. While the end result straddles the electronica, ambient, jazz, and world music fences, all performances and sounds are created by musicians playing live instruments. No Loops. No Samples. NO MIDI.
What are the standards for Generation X? Though it’s hard to match the great American songbook, we did not grow up with Johnny Mercer and Rodgers & Hammerstein – more like Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Radiohead. Showing respect and love for jazz, while reworking contemporary songs from the pop-rock canon of the last 40 years, Collective Acoustics is joined by vocalist Melanie Hazelrigg on this acoustic based record crossing the jazz/pop divide.
THIS TRUTH fluently blends the ancient lyrics of Sanskrit with tranquil and ambient harmonies to construct an intentionally modern, but seemingly timeless spiritual tone. Just as the practice of Yoga continues to evolve, these artists have put forth sacredly antiquated mantras into a harmonically rich formation. The sound is trancelike. Its mixing of kirtan chants, acoustic beats, and serene but stimulating galvanic undertones work together to draw out peaceful spirits. The project’s organic development, through its free form exploration in song writing and production, has culminated in a collection of intimate spiritual expressions; expressions of healing, of subtle revelation, and of the mystically unfolding nature of contemplation.