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Sun Gong/bring on the Sun


A sonic ex­plorer, standup co­me­dian, laugh­ter ther­a­pist and key fig­ure in the his­tory of am­bi­ent mu­sic, Laraaji re­turns, aged 73, with two al­bums. Sun Gong fea­tures two 13-minute drones. Bring on the Sun, though, sounds as if Laraaji has jum­bled up 600 years of mu­sic from every part of the world and ar­ranged it into eight pieces of min­i­mal­ism. Re­born in Vir­ginia sees him talk­ing about his slave an­ces­try over tabla, sarangi drones and au­to­harp flour­ishes; En­thu­si­asm su­per­im­poses African thumb pi­anos over doomy church or­gans. Change sees him in­ton­ing about the ben­e­fits of adap­ta­tion, over a joy­ously rudi­men­tary gui­tar vamp. The whole song cy­cle is an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, one that shim­mers and glis­tens in all the right places. John Lewis

An­themic, but gen­tly so … Anasta­cia;

be­low, Laraaji

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