Back in stock! Get t'kettle on!
Originally released on tape last year, this LP from the duo of David 'DSR Lines' Edren (Ultra Eczema, Black Sweat ++) and London-based Jatinder Singh Durhailay, a painter and student of Indian classical music, was conceived as a celebration of TEA. Don't laugh... if you're gonna make an LP about anything, then why not make it about a brew?! At least until I complete my long-gestating song-cycle about Ribena (blackcurrant). Incidentally I read in the paper a while ago about how the average British person, despite drinking circa 17,000 cups of tea in a lifetime, struggles to find the language to describe the taste of tea, or why they enjoy it - instead repeatedly falling back on words like "hot" and "nice". It's true though innit... I can't do any better than that, and the more I think about it, the more I come back to...hot and nice. But then I guess how do you describe anything?! Can you describe what pasta tastes like? Why you like bread?
Edren's modular synth settings and treatments are thoroughly cognizant of New Age, would probably even identify as such, but they are subtle, and shy away from rising-sun grandiosity, instead letting Durhailay's traditional Sikh instrumentation - chiefly the bowed stringed Dilruba and the Taus - take the lead. Make no mistake, it's a meditative listen - there are vast swathes of it that wouldn't sound out of place wafting from a massage therapist's Sonos - but it's one of the more lyrical and musically sophisticated examples of this resurgent genre, more David Behrman than Windham Hill. Hot and nice!