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4 stars Deuter follows up his debut album `D' with a change of scene and spiritual inspiration; travelling to India to make music had a profound effect. This time, armed with a 4- trackmachine and a customsfriendly EMS suitcase synth, Deuter lays down an album of light meditative beauty. The parallels with Popol Vuh's music are audible, although one is quite prepared to give either the benefit of the doubt as to who influenced was everyone's `trip' to go to India in those days.

The album flows from start to finish in and out of bright sitar-led pieces, beautifully recorded ocean sounds, and spacious guitar figures, underpinned by the aforementionned synth providing electronic drones and decoration here and there.

For 1972 this is incredibly ahead of it's time, it has a joyful spiritual centre a long way from the cliched wallpaper `New Age' music would eventually become. If you're looking for a rich, texturally beautiful late night album this might well be the one. There is a lightness and flow which add up toa sumptuous whole and never is it less than stimulating and captivating. The spirit of peace that Deuter found in India (to the extent that he found his own guru, and was able to use his dwelling as a studio) shines through on this sparkling album, which like the cover sounds blue, oceanic and genuinely blissful.

beebfader | 4/5 |


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