Namaste - Various Artists
With so much so-called New Age music turning out to be nothing more than heavily hyped, synthesized reformulations of the romantic, syrupy schlock that Middle America tends to gorge itself on, it is a blessing to find the Real Music label founding a new Real Mystic imprint dedicated to music that helps open pathways to higher dimensions.
Label President Terence Yallop, who leads a 15-minute guided meditation on Namasté’s second bonus disc, has done a superb job of assembling pieces that transmit New Age music’s most trancelike and devotional qualities. Two beautiful tracks are from Karunesh’s Zen Breakfast, two from discs by Buedi Siebert. "Prabhupada Padma" from Rasa in Concert features the vocals of Kim Waters. Kim’s voice is so sensual that she could sing a grocery list and have you down on your knees, pledging eternal devotion to Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and hopefully something more organic. The music of Ben Leinbach, excerpted from his Spirit of Yoga disc, has already received praise in these pages: Yallop wisely uses it as background to his meditation as well as a solo track. Add in Benjamin Iobst’s Singing Bowls of Tibet and other beautiful offerings from Devakant and Gary Malkin, and you’ve got a collection as ideally suited to dinner by candlelight as for contemplation, meditation, and just plain daydreaming.