Sheila Chandra, Title: Nada Brahma, Label: Indipop
A very nice "asian fusion" record, originally released in 1985. As you'd expect from Chandra: some very beautiful deep female vocals, ethereal and atmospheric, without getting too poppy. She also does some stacatto "percussive" singing in places. Only on one track here does she sing in english: (3). The instrumentation is a mix of East and West, e.g. sitar and piano.
4) 4:53 Raqs - Fast percussion performed by multiple Indian percussive instruments, with Chandra using various vocal styles, all with an Indian flavor. Most recommended for airplay.
3) 4:56 Question the Answer -- Heavy simple percussion, along with some more complex Indian percussion. Some Indian elements applied to a Western pop format. This could be the future of rave music, except it's from ten years ago:
"spinning around in a spiral circle... higher and higher the path keeps ascending, somewhere the circle stops."1) 26:50 Nada Brahma (Sound is God) - Long piece that meanders through many styles and moods (but never uses percussion): Begins with basic sitar music dominant. Chandra's vox slowly joins in and takes over. There's some acapella sections, and some other places where she uses her percussive singing style.
2) 5:38 The Awakening -- Indian percussion and western piano play a melody that could be described as "Windham Hill". Chandra's vocal work save it, though.
5) 5:29 In Essence - Simple, fast percussion and piano. Ethereal vocals. Basic Sheila Chandra.
(Note: The liner notes include a discussion of the importance of being on an Indie label, because of the artistic freedom it allows... ever heard that one before?)
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