Laraaji Bring on the Sun

All Saints Records

Future Music - - REVIEWS - Tom Jones

Har­lem-based, new age mu­si­cian, mys­tic and laugh­ter med­i­ta­tion prac­ti­tioner Laraaji con­tin­ues his re­cent re­ju­ve­na­tion with a typ­i­cally bliss­ful, tran­scen­den­tal and at­mo­spheric al­bum of new am­bi­ent med­i­ta­tions. The ex­per­i­men­tal, con­tem­po­rary com­poser has been mak­ing mu­sic through­out the last four decades, but en­joyed a wider resur­gence with All Saints’ 2013 re­lease of his ret­ro­spec­tive, Laraaji: Ce­les­tial Mu­sic 1978 – 2011. Pre­ceded by two gong-driven drone pieces, which was made from the same nine-hour jam ses­sion as Bring on the Sun, the new record delves fur­ther into the deep, hyp­notic and cos­mic am­bi­ence that has be­come known sim­ply as ‘Laraaji Mu­sic’. His in­tu­itive freeform im­pro­vi­sa­tions float weight­lessly and with an ec­static sense of calm as he cre­ates a mes­meris­ing neb­ula of other-worldly per­cus­sive jams, dream-like hymns, spacey tones, rhyth­mic au­to­harp and hazy lay­ers of bliss­ful drone. Spon­ta­neous yet co­he­sive; in­ti­mate yet spun-out, this is some of Laraaji’s finest work. He is fi­nally get­ting the recog­ni­tion for be­ing the sin­gu­lar vi­sion­ary that he is.

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