Lal Meri

Lal Meri

by Lal Meri
     
 

Singer Nancy Kaye (who has recorded pop and jazz albums under the pseudonym Rosey), keyboardist/programmer Carmen Rizzo (of Niyaz), and keyboardist/programmer/trumpeter Ireesh Lal (Hot Sauce Johnson, Animastik) came together as a trio in 2006 and named themselves after an ancient Hindu folk song. As one might expect givenSee more details below

Overview

Singer Nancy Kaye (who has recorded pop and jazz albums under the pseudonym Rosey), keyboardist/programmer Carmen Rizzo (of Niyaz), and keyboardist/programmer/trumpeter Ireesh Lal (Hot Sauce Johnson, Animastik) came together as a trio in 2006 and named themselves after an ancient Hindu folk song. As one might expect given their wildly disparate backgrounds, the sound they create together is a delicious mishmash of elements: Kaye's singing style harks back explicitly to the teasing, slightly nasal blues-jazz style of 1930s torch singers, while the supporting grooves created by Rizzo and Lal are a seamless blend of South Asian instruments, techno beats, layers of synthesizer and strings, and crunchy drum loops. On paper this may all sound like a run-of-the-mill East-meets-West worldbeat project, but the resulting sound is actually both unique and richly, consistently entrancing. On standout tracks like "Dreams of 18" and the gorgeous, liltingly funky "Give Your Light," Kaye's dark, sly, sexy voice contrasts nicely with the kaleidoscopically varied backing instruments, while "Rainbow" brings in a more rockish flavor and "Take Me as I Am" incorporates elements of 1960s psychedelia without sacrificing any of the album's edgy funkiness. Nor are the lyrics anything to sneeze at: lines like "I could say I'm sorry but it wouldn't be true" are quite a bit sharper than what one normally encounters in this kind of pan-continental dance music. This is a thoroughly impressive debut from a major new force in electro world fusion.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2009
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036115620
catalogNumber:
361156
Rank:
343794

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lal Meri   Primary Artist
Keith Ciancia   Keyboards,Musician
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards,Musician
Carmen Rizzo   Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards,Group Member
Satnam Ramgotra   Tabla,Musician
Nicole Garcia   Strings
Nancy Kaye   Vocals,Group Member
Ireesh Lal   Synthesizer,Bass,Trumpet,Keyboards,Group Member
Natalie Warner   Background Vocals
Keefus Ciancia   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Carmen Rizzo   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Audio Production,Bass Programming
Dale Sebastian Becker   Mastering
Nancy Kaye   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Ireesh Lal   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production,Bass Programming
Natalie Warner   Composer

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