Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Indian Meditation - (Mind over Matter) -Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock

Far from being a meditation album, ‘Indian Meditation’ is a compilation of quieter titles, even serene, than we find among Mind Over Matter works. Including two new titles ‘Brahman’ and ‘Varanasi Morning’, the other titles were digitally remastered and differently cut, adding a richer and consistent texture compared to the original works.

A beautiful intro, like a sun rising, introduced ‘Brahman’. On floating synthetic pads a soft Mellotron deludes our thoughts on chords impregnated with an astral softness. A superb flute accompanies a swaying movement which charms by its serenity and its depth. Originally on MoM’s ‘Trance ‘n’ Dance’-CD ‘Mahatma’ is definitely richer and denser. On a sensual and hypnotic tempo, with a bewitching bass, a piano filters its soft solitary chords, coiled in the hollow of an exquisite Mellotron flute. Of suave synthetic layers to the depths of enveloping violins add a depth melancholic to this superb title.

‘Varanasi Morning’ opens one chimerical day on crickets which bask in the fresh morning dew on superb breaths of ethereal flutes which come from Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock’s Mellotron – a beautiful title which bathes in a consistent atmosphere with the presence of the virtual violins.

‘La Vie’ is another unrecognizable title with the digital remastering improvements. A French man’s voice recites esoteric psalms, on a suave and hypnotic tempo, a little like ‘Mahatma’. The keys of keyboard are clear and scintillating on a superb guitar, a beautiful Mellotron and felted tablas.

‘Mountains of Karma’ is crossed by a windy flute which blows among thunders, a soft movement with tribal spirit on scattered and crystalline keys. A bewitching sitar initiates a light rhythm which dandled on a superb flute and exotic tablas.

A beautiful feminine voice sings a tribal anthem ‘Sri Ram’ which is agitated a little more, but always in the lighter touch mood.

‘Northstar’ is a superb atmospheric title where the synthetic layers are juxtaposed in a harmonious depth. And what could be better than ‘The Silence’ to enclose an opus in homage to peace, a long floating movement where intense drones emerge from abyssal depths of a long timeless sleep.

Although extremely quiet, ‘Indian Meditation’ is not completely a floating or atmospheric album. To the limit, it can be a sublime ambient album without the monotony of atonics movements. It’s a superb collection of soft ethereal moments which evolve with sensitivity on slow rhythms. An opus in homage to quietude, to serenity, brilliantly developed on the unique softness of the Mellotron with thousand nostalgic breaths of the German virtuoso, Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock.

It is a superb opus which will please the friends of beautiful calm and harmonious music. ‘Indian Meditation 2’ is now available and should be good as this one.


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