For their next effort, London-based reissue imprint Time Capsule delves into one of classical Indian vocalist “Bombay” Jayashri Ramnath’s most mesmerising works.
Initially released on CD in 2001 the Mumbai-raised artists’ album titled Shravanam: Music for Meditative Listening will be available on vinyl for the first time.
Shravanam, which translates as “astonishing visual and aural effects,” features three tracks, with a further two available via digital download.
In keeping with the labels globally eclectic style, Shravanam follows the Italian new age music of Il Guardiano Del Faro’s Oasis, the Japanese guitar fusion of Yuji Toriyama’s Choice Works 1982-1985, and American dub by way of Ethiopia from Bill Laswell and Gigi’s Illuminated Audio.
From the intensely spiritual Sada Bada (Slokam) to the hypnotic rhythms and immersive warmth of Bhajeham Bhajeham through to Kalimaheshwari’s jaw-dropping melodic Sanskrit chants you’ll be mesmerised from beginning to end.
Speaking about the impact of her music label boss Kay Suzuki says: “every time I listen, I’m amazed at how such a small ensemble can create such a deep musical landscape. The incredible production plays a big part. That intricate percussion sounds so clear and sits in all the right pockets rhythmically and sonically. Just by following this groove I’m put into a timeless zone, but when her voice hits on top of that gorgeous drone sound and I focus on the details of her small melodies within melodies, my heart centres and I find myself in a blissful place.”
Remastered by Claudio Passavanti at Doctor Mix Studios the physical release has been pressed on a reverse playing vinyl (from inner to outer groove) with artwork by Petra Péterffy and liner notes from cultural and political theory professor Jeremy Gilbert (University of East London).
Listen to Shravanam in its entirety below and let Bombay Jayashri sweep you away into her joyous world. Pre-order here.
Sada Bala (Slokam)
Bonus Tracks (digital download)