My Road To Somewhere: Sarod & Beats
Label: Olin Place/Funketabla
File Under: Electro-acoustic, Instrumental, Upbeat Downtempo, South Asian/Indian Classical, World
1. In Big Mind (2.35) An upbeat number with traditional West African deep bass represented on prempremsoa (rumba box). The rumba box unites polyrhythmic style with South Asian folk beats on dhol. The melodies on sarod are in a light folk style and reference several ragas including Raag Brindabani Sarang.
2. My Road To Somewhere (2.33) The title track is upbeat with heavy drums. It is a new version of the song "My Road Out Of Nothing" from the 2003 release "Capitol Hill: Secret Tracks
3. The Beauty Of Partial Clearing (4.32) The default weather in the Pacific Northwest of the USA is "partial clearing." So if you live in the Seattle you had better learn to love it. Having a sweet Raga like Raag Bhupali to play helps one survive. The melodies and bass are based on Raag Bhupali. The Taal is Chau Taal (12 beats). The rumba box goes to town in the breaks with an African interpretation of this classical South Asian Taal.
4. Passion in Patience (4.12) Based on a traditional set of beats used in Algerian Rai music, this piece features the sensual and powerful Raga, Raag Malkauns. "Malkauns" could be translated to mean "wealth storehouse." The sarod does call and response with the baglama and mandolin, and the tabla tarang. This is an upbeat funky number with lots of interlocking drums.
5. On The Eve Of (5.05) Based on Raag Bageshri this piece is set in Teen Taal (16 beats). This is a piece that's mellow in the melodies and upbeat in the beats. It works well as background music and also works well as a transition to more upbeat sounds. Whetzel's version of Bageshri differs from the standard version of Bageshri, sticklers might call it Bageshri Kafi, in that the second is used in both ascent and descent.
6. Closer To Wonder (3.38) Based on Raag Kafi and folk beats this one starts out sparse and gradually brings in the bass and a heavy dhol beat. Raag Kafi is a raga with many moods from compassionately meditative to sensuous and flirtatious.
7. New More Ways to See It (3.23) Raag Bhimpalasi goes to Kumasi! The beat mixes Chau Taal (12 beats) with the Asante (Ashanti) adowa style bell pattern. Subtle and funky polyrhythms result. Some spacey whistling and throat singing is thrown in for good measure. An upbeat track with lots of percussion including water drums. Bhimpalasi is typically depicted in Ragmala paintings as a tearful young woman painting a picture of her absent lover. Whetzel's version is an interpretation that takes her out on the town!
8. Marvel (3.59) Based on the exotic raga Raag Marwa this track is in a secret taal. "Marvel" is the most dubwise track on the album. As is traditional in Raag Marwa, Whetzel emphasizes the minor second note B flat and resolves to A (the tonic) only as a shadowy resolution on off beats. The bells and bass in the rhythm section are also designed to surprise as they begin far away from the downbeat so that the arrival of the first beat of the rhythm cycle is unexpected.
9. Rise And Fall Of Flower Petals (2.55) Based on Chau Taal (12 beats) this is based on a melody inspired by flowers, "Zahoor e Naghma." The melodic is partially reminiscent of Raag Suha and Raag Asavari. This one is a moody and intellectual piece with a punchy beat.
10. Sa Wee Tah (2.52) Just a straight up jam! A little bit of South Asian folk rhythms mixed with some West African talking drums. The melodies are based on Raag Kafi and the track is upbeat. The support parts of the baglama and mandolin help propel the sarod and beats along.
11. Ending to Beginning (3.56) Based on Raag Bhairavi and a mix of South Asian folk beats and West African afro-highlife beats this one is funky, upbeat, and dance worthy. The bass is very heavy indeed.
My Road To Somewhere: Sarod & Beats