CD Cinema [Digipak] * (CD 7024798),
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Cinema [Digipak] *

  • 1. Island
    2. Mallika Jam
    3. Cinema
    4. Avalanche
    5. Turnpike
    6. Supernova
    7. Joy
    8. Absence - (featuring Papon)
    9. Ma - (featuring Milan Xai Matthes Kale)
    10. Phoenix Rising - (featuring Todd Michaelsen)
    11. Man On Fire
    12. Peekaboo
    13. Sunbeam
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 117624

  • Credits
    ProducerGaurav Raina; Karsh Kale
    EngineerSatya Hinduja; Gaurav Raina; Lasse Jensen; Todd Michaelsen; Karsh Kale; Aftab Khan; Viraj Mohan; Salim Merchant; Tapan Raj

    Audio Mixer: Illington.
    Recording information: Blue Frog Studios, Mumbai; Blue Studios, Mumbai; Flying Forever Free, Ibiza; Mighty Junn Studios, Brooklyn; My Pet Dragon Studios, Brooklyn; The Punditz Studios, New Delhi; The Village Studios, New Delhi.
    Photographer: Raphiq Syed.
    Arranger: Karsh Kale.
    If you're familiar at all with the terms "Asian Underground" or "Asian Massive," then you've been touched by the influence of multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale, a British-born son of Indian parents who has lived in the United States since the age of three. Although he initially made a splash as a drummer and tabla player, his work as a producer, remixer, and now a film composer has broadened both his stylistic range and his musical impact, and Cinema serves as a sort of summary of his work up to 2011. Its title is apt; throughout the album his approach is explicitly cinematic (especially so on the Bollywood-flavored "Turnpike") even as he weaves together multiple threads from the ever-expanding tapestry of both modern Indian and Western pop music. When a project is this ambitious, you have to expect that some tracks might fail to cohere completely, and indeed "Avalanche" is a bit boring and "Peekaboo" offers lots of cabaret-ish mood without providing much in the way of rhythm or melody. But just about everything else on the program is brilliant, from the dream-funk opener "Island" to the equally fine "Sunbeam," which ends the album on a quietly intense note. In between are such gems as the utterly thrilling title track, with its Hindi vocals (courtesy of the flute-voiced Vidhi Sharma), orchestral strings, and pulse-quickening drum patterns, and "Ma," the album's masterpiece, with its spare but intense dubstep rhythm, dubwise insertions of vocal and sarod, and the least embarrassing use of a child's voice to be heard on a pop song in years. This track alone is worth the price of the album, and most of the rest of it is very nearly as good. ~ Rick Anderson

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