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Yatha Sidhra



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The Quiet One
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4 stars A True Meditation

Yatha Sidhra's sole album was entitled perfectly as 'A Meditation Mass' because that's what this album offers: a fascinating meditation suite full-filled with psych and indo encounters which is splitted in four parts which all flow flawlessly one to the other.

The first part of the suite is undoubtedly the best part of the album or at least the one that makes the title of the album highly suitable, with a psych-driven wah-wah guitar playing all through the tune and a gentle but effective percussive feedback. Yatha Sidhra adds to that tranquil and psych base an indian mediative feel with the flute which is purely mesmerizing plus some ocassional moog and electric keyboards which are reminiscent of Rick Wright's playing on A Saucerful of Secrets, which fits the music perfectly.

The second part features Yatha Sidhra moving to a cooled down jazzy style with the electric keyboards being the responsible of that. Mind you that the gentle and mediative mood is still present and works flawlessly with the jazz incorporation.

The third part shows Yatha Sidhra playing in the vein of Ash Ra Tempel's debut with the presence of a guitar solo, yet it's never way too heavy or loud so as to not break the mediative feel throughout.

The fourth and last part of the Meditation Mass suite is a reprise of the first part with the echoey wah-wah guitar and indian-esque flute.

Obviously not the usual prog suspect but it's undeniably a brilliant chilling indian-esque album with sufficient variation so as to not make it a dull mediative experience, and because of that it deserves no less than 4 stars. Anyone keen on indian inspired mediative music with some nice psych and jazzy twists, I highly recommend you this.

The Quiet One | 4/5 |


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