Realizeby Karsh Kale
Fusing electronica with traditional Indian music, Karsh Kale takes on a different approach than Bill Laswell and Zakir Hussain did on their Tala Matrix album (a disc which Kale contributed to). Where Laswell and Hussain built on the traditional hypnotism of Indian music, Kale fuses it with a melodic pop sensibility that, unfortunately, deadens much of the beauty of the sound and delivers it from the magical patience that tabla music is often infused with. He is most successful when he lets the quasi-spiritual trance grooves speak for themselves without making overt musical reference to the genres he is borrowing from (such as on the intro to "Distance"). Mostly, though, the sound is cluttered and ineffective, rendering cheesy what was once gorgeous. The music is at its best when it simply moves along without ceding song structure, vocal hooks, or Americanized instrumentation, like on "Conception." This is rare, though, and Kale exotifies the music without necessarily adding anything substantial to it.
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- Six Degrees
Performance CreditsKarsh Kale Primary Artist,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Gong,Keyboards,Tabla,Bells,Sampling,Loops,Drum Loop,Santoor
Steve Gorn Bansuri
Sultan Khan Vocals,Sarangui
Yossi Fine Bass
Ajay Prasanna Bansuri
Kirk Douglass Guitar
Technical CreditsBob Musso Engineer
Sean Coffey Engineer
Karsh Kale Arranger,Programming,Producer,drum programming
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If I lived in an apartment building I would love it if this guy lived there too! His songs are saturated with the middle eastern rythms and the tempo of belly dance. Yet, it is almost aboriginal too. The vocals are haunting. LOVE IT!
I just don't understand how anyone can listen to this album and come to hate it--lest, of course, they simply hate music, period. Honestly, unless you've heard just how well Karsh Kale blends traditional Indian and Middle Eastern instrumentals with high-energy synthesizer beats and eerie, harmonious vocals, you haven't experienced 21st-century tabla-electronica at its finest. It's sincerely hard for me to choose a favorite from the thirteen tracks on this album. From the philosophically provocative Empty Hands and the dynamic, dance-worthy Distance to the esoteric Fabric and the deeply emotive Longing, one's sure to understand and appreciate the artistic gift with which this gentleman has been blessed. Listen with your heart and your mind as well as your ears, friend, because Karsh Kale will indeed make you "Realize" just what good music is all about.
For starters, the "All Music Guide" review of this album is wrong. This is a beautiful album and it deserves a lot more praise and a lot less criticism. As a musician and DJ with many musical tastes I have got to say that "Realize" is an amazing record. If you are a drummer, or make programmed beats (or have a rhythmic appreciation) this is the album for you. get it.