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Born in North York, Canada

RANI CHATOORGOON is a Canadian singer-songwritter from Deep River, Ontario. Ranis' Indian origins kept her involved since early childhood with the traditional music of the culture, starting with the learning of the harmonium instrument and later on in life with the guitar. She began writting songs in her early twenties which were influenced by the Indian artists known for soundtrack and religious Qawwali music like Lata MANGESHKAR and Nusrat Fateh ALI KHAN on one side and the modern alternative and metal scene on the other, bands like WITHIN TEMPTATION and EVANESCENCE. Her self-funded and produced first album 'Illusions of Loneliness' from 2009 led to enough exposure to connect with other musicians like guitarist Ruud JOLIE who would be featured on her later releases, like EP 'Weightless Blood' and later on her second full-length album 'Samsara'. CHATOORGOONS' music can be recommended to fans of symphonic and progressive metal as well as hard rock fans which features exotic excursions into Indian folk music.

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 Samsara by CHATOORGOON, RANI album cover Studio Album, 2016
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Rani Chatoorgoon Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Canadian composer and artist Rani CHATOORGOON is at this point a fairly unknown quantity. She launched her solo career back in 2009 with her debut album "Illusions of Loneliness", and have since issued a handful of singles and EPs. "Samsara" is her most recent full length production, and was self released in the early winter of 2016.

As one might suspect from the artist name as well as the title given to this production, Rani isn't the kind of person that can trace her cultural origins back ten generations in the Canadian territories. Her background appears to be a bit more colorful than that, and the music she creates most certainly incorporate a liberal amount of cultural elements not originating from Western culture. Therein lies the strength of this album as well, the manner in which it blends aspects of different cultural traditions.

The base foundation of most compositions appears to be what I'd describe as a hard but smooth and elegant variety of radio friendly hard rock. Firm riff cascades backed by solid rhythms is a staple in the greater majority of the compositions, fairly often with orchestration details appearing in key moments to add a grandiose, majestic tinge to the proceedings. With Rani's finely controlled, quality lead vocals this results in exemplary sequences of appealing music, albeit a bit too polished and anonymous if not a part of a greater totality.

It is when the compositions feature additional details that this album starts to soar to more compelling heights. First and foremost with violin, percussion and string instrument details based on Eastern and presumably Indian traditions are used more extensively throughout. A couple of cuts also comes across as including Celtic folk music details, at least as I experience them, which also fits these landscapes quite nicely.

While I do consider hard rock to be the main foundation here, the compositions does actually range from more purebred folk and world music creation to material hovering on the borderland of progressive metal. While perhaps not what I'd describe as eclectic in scope it is an exotic one at times, but also well produced and what I'd describe as generally appealing in nature and with a radio friendly sound. Quite a few cuts here appears to be ready made even for mainstream FM radio, and one can only hope that this artist somehow manage to find her way into a B-list on a substantial station at some point. The A-lists obviously unavailable for artists not already firmly established.

All in all I find "Samsara" to be a compelling album overall. Rani is a strong vocalist, her voice carrying many songs in a fine and intriguing manner, and the blend of Eastern and Western musical traditions are almost magical at best. Opening cut The Grey is the standout track here, among a dozen quality cuts this composition showcase the very best qualities of this artist and this album in an excellent manner. A perfect starting place to explore this artist in other words, and those intrigued by the notion of Eastern world music combined with sophisticated radio friendly hard rock should start right there.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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