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Oriental Sunshine


Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

3.91 | 32 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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5 stars This really euphoric record floats gently downstream, shimmering colors of ever loving mandala of esoteric truth. Sarnam Singh's sitar weeps enhance the mystic adoration qualities, and singer Nina Johansen has very clear pronunciation in addition of beautiful tone, revealing the pleasant, thoughtful and religious lyrics.

The album is opened wonderfully; Hippie anthem "Across Your Life" sets the tone of whole record very elegantly, representing the melodic and atmospheric charms of the record. The use of audio effects deepening the meanings of the words enhances the trippy depth of the mellow dreamy drifting on lovely oceans of psychedelia crashing to the banks of ears from the stereo speakers.

The record's tonal poems also prove the successful comprehensive fusion of Indian classical raga elements and West-European acid folk sounds. The joyful flute bongs naturally to both of these musical worlds, and thus functioning as integrating catalyst in addition of being a beautiful melodic instrument. For example on Magic Carpet's lovely album this confluence was left in my opinion to more distracted state, offering good glimpses to both worlds but not melting them as same singular incarnation. I believe an example of a mixture leaning yet deeper to Indian raga origins than Oriental Sunshine would then be the very recommendable recordings of Ravi Shankar and John McLaughlin driven group Shakti.

The songs of this record are not very long, durations oscillating around three minutes, but the pretty melodic compositions do not essentially yearn for longer improvisations. Instead here the licks of the sitar caress the songs thoroughly along the guitar and vocal driven song bodies, mystifying them with tempting shades of sensuality. The song quality on the release is also in my opinion exceptionally fine, the spiritually healing record not containing weak fillers. My own most favored tunes among the opener could be the tender pieces "Visions" and "Mother Nature". I would really recommend this dedication to the bird we all love for all those lost in the ozone and scents of thyme, carrying the confidence of 1960's flower power's conquering loving ways inside their hearts.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 5/5 |


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