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Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Ben Lee's ninth studio outing pretty much lays out its mission statement in the title. Like 2011's Deeper Into Dream, which drew its inspiration from the Aussie alt-rocker's three years of dream analysis therapy, Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work finds the former Noise Addict frontman once again ditching the familiar architectures of rock & roll, this time for the cosmic adages of worldbeat and folk-infused spiritual awakening. Built around his experiences with the peyote-esque, South American-based psychoactive brew from which the album gets its name and featuring guest vocals from the project's co-creator Argentinian-Australian actress and musician Jessica ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Ben Lee's ninth studio outing pretty much lays out its mission statement in the title. Like 2011's Deeper Into Dream, which drew its inspiration from the Aussie alt-rocker's three years of dream analysis therapy, Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work finds the former Noise Addict frontman once again ditching the familiar architectures of rock & roll, this time for the cosmic adages of worldbeat and folk-infused spiritual awakening. Built around his experiences with the peyote-esque, South American-based psychoactive brew from which the album gets its name and featuring guest vocals from the project's co-creator Argentinian-Australian actress and musician Jessica Chapnik Kahn, Welcome to the Work establishes early on that the shamanistic ritual drinking of the infusion had a deeply profound effect on Lee, prompting a passionate manifesto on the back jacket in support of its spiritual potential and instructions for planting the biodegradable cover which is embedded with wildflower seeds. Ayahuasca offers up a heady blend of layered, Smile-era Beach Boys melodiousness "I Am What I Am", pastoral meditations that border on the downright monastic "Invocation", bright and effervescent bursts of Afro-pop "Song for Samael", and Flaming Lips-inspired pseudo-Koan anthems the dizzying, sampled breath-driven "Welcome to the House of Mystical Death", all of which are peppered with measured, well-traveled new age platitudes like "Good morning, welcome to being here" and "Hear what can't be heard in the silence." There is a distinctive, drug-induced haze that permeates most of the album, and Lee and Khan approach each piece with a real openness and warmth that's befitting of the newly awakened, but it's a far more pop-oriented collection than one would suspect considering the source material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2013
  • Label: Ingrooves
  • UPC: 881034186478
  • Catalog Number: 108
  • Sales rank: 158,092

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Invocation - Mikey Wells (1:48)
  2. 2 Welcome to the House of Mystical Death - Nic Johns (5:08)
  3. 3 Meditation on Being Born - Nic Johns (7:47)
  4. 4 In the Silence - Jessica Chapnik Kahn (5:36)
  5. 5 The Shadow of the Mind (4:59)
  6. 6 The Will to Grow - Heather Ogilvy (5:17)
  7. 7 On My Knees (5:56)
  8. 8 I Am That I Am - Nic Johns (5:17)
  9. 9 Song for Samael - Heather Ogilvy (4:52)
  10. 10 Thank You - Jessica Chapnik Kahn (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ben Lee Primary Artist
Jason Lader Bass, Guitar, Piano
Nadav Kahn Harmonium
Guy Blakeslee Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Matty Love Background Vocals
Nic Johns Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards
Avasa Background Vocals
Mikey Wells Chimes
Cooper Madison Tabla
Heather Ogilvy Violin, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Wells Composer
Ben Lee Composer, Producer, Concept, Instrumentation, Creation
Jason Lader Composer
Jon Marro Art Direction
Ione Skye Cover Painting
Hans Dekline Mastering
Nic Johns Atmosphere
Jessica Chapnik Kahn Composer, Producer, Concept, Instrumentation, Creation
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