I've known Amy for many years as a student and as a close friend. Over this period of time I've listened with wonder and joy as she has found her unique, personal voice in the world of Kirtan music. Amy is a beautiful, heart-full singer who possesses an aching, yearning and quite sensual devotional style. With her steel guitar and sultry voice she brings the country into the East and the East into the country.
San Anselmo, CA
Om Mata Om Kali stands out as the first radio single. Holy shit, when you come in with the first “Shakti...” dang! Look out! Powerful. Digging the groove, Ben’s funking it up on Bass. You’re vocal tone is really emotive and powerful and juicy. The claps on the up-beats are irresistible. When it kicks to “Hey Ma Durga...” the groove goes double-time, it’s really energizing. This is a dance track. The breaks also – pure dance track, we need to throw a dance party to release this as a single kinda dance track.
Shiva Gospel is beautiful. A touch of your roots, revealed. Soulful. The harmonies are great. Your singing is soulful and down home, relaxed. The slide guitar stuff is fun and bluesy.
Track 1 is a great opener. Intense, moody, energetic. “Radhé Govinda; Radhé Govinda; Radhé Govinda; Govinda bolo” is the most memorable hook. Who is playing the slidish guitar solo bits? That shit is hot. The tabla is throwing it down, crucial motion and energy.
Track 2’s opening is dope. This is a concept and vibe to expand upon big time next album. It’s like 45 seconds of this spacious, luscious, erotic, transportational opening. Your vocalizations are just the thing, Yum. I could go for a whole track in this mood; or at least a much extended intro in this mood, 2+ minutes. Jai’s dotar flavoring certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Track 3 is sweet, interesting chords, very interesting melody, sweet delicate feminine singing. Almost lullabyish. The bowed bass touch is perfect, Ben’s brilliant some times, eh? And the second “Radhé Shyam” fall is really sweet, the the third is nice too, kinda Beatles-y chord shifts. Very beautiful track, this would play great behind a yoga class. People might cry.
Track 4 starts out moody and intriguing, a nice tabla and drones groove. The melody is nice; though it feels like it’s still being birthed, like it’s a proto-melody.
Track 5 – love this one, classic Amy. You rock this mantra. And the groove is down home – not tripped out, it feels like we could totally hear this instrumentation live from you & your band. Nice one.
Track 6 – Amy you are so beautiful. This singing is really sweet and affecting. Sita and Ram are in love. They’re getting married today! There’s rose petals falling through the air. She’s waited all her young life for this moment. Her friends are celebrating joyfully as she walks towards where Ram is standing. Ram’s heart dilates as he sees her. Starts beating quickly. There are musicians behind him, improvising a carefree groove. Celebration. Love. This track is irresistible. Look out hearts everywhere! Nectar. This is the second radio single. Just add a little more prominent soloing in the later minutes of the track like when the mantra cuts half time before 6min, a soaring violin solo could take the foreground. The groove is irresistible, it just needs a little more evolution in the foreground. The ending, back to spaciousness and your tag— is perfectly pulled off. YES. JAYA.
And – this is a first album! Ever listen to Prince’s first album? MJ’s? Jai’s? Do we even know what their first albums were? Probably not, because they get so completely eclipsed by later albums. But, typically what I hear in peoples first albums is Potential, which makes me curious to keep tabs on where they go from here. That’s present in your album for sure – it’s really nicely done, and presents your soulful guitar-driven Nashville Bhakti brand of kirtan really sweetly. And I can’t wait for you to go back into the studio at some point with all this experience under your belt with a new batch of songs to take to further heights.
Nashville is a strong musical tradition and a word with much musical cache. Not so with San Francisco. You have a rich tradition that’s present in your singing, and in your style of kirtaning, that is very much other than the “Indian Raga” thing. And very compelling. I would come up with some way to present that in marketing/ flyers/ gig descriptions. Nashville Soul Bhakti. Nashville-style Kirtan. Nashville Soul Kirtan. Southern Deep-Heart Chant. I don’t know, gotta search for words, but something that conveys that soulful gospelly down-home funky thing you got going on.