Traces of You

Traces of You

by Anoushka Shankar
     
 

For sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar's second offering for Deutsche Grammophon, she stays closer to home musically than she did on 2011's widely celebrated Traveller. That said, she carries what she learned from studying flamenco with producer Javier Limon and integrates it fully into these proceedings. Producer Nitin Sawhney, a…  See more details below

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For sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar's second offering for Deutsche Grammophon, she stays closer to home musically than she did on 2011's widely celebrated Traveller. That said, she carries what she learned from studying flamenco with producer Javier Limon and integrates it fully into these proceedings. Producer Nitin Sawhney, a fine recording artist in his own right, is an integral part of Traces of You. He wrote one of these 13 cuts, co-authored five more, and arranged and played on several others. This is easily the most intimate and emotional offering in Shankar's catalog. Though the album was planned earlier and its basic ideas outlined by Shankar and Sawhney, the music is indelibly informed by a life-changing event, the death of her father, Ravi Shankar. Opener and first single "The Sun Won't Set" is one of three tracks to feature the voice of half-sister Norah Jones, whose haunting, bluesy vocal is adorned only by Shankar's sitar, a classical guitar, and Ghatam (a percussion instrument). The title track evokes the loss and spirit of her father in an uplifting way. A sprightly, syncopated rhythm track undergirds Jones' drifting vocal as Shankar's sitar alternately drones and accents alongside a tabla, glockenspiel, and guitar. It is one of the set's standout tracks. "Indian Summer" is a piano and sitar duet where flamenco and Indian classical music sit side by side. Three tracks -- "Lasya," "In Jyotyi's Name," and "Chasing Shadows" -- are squarely inside the Indian classical tradition, while several others, including "River Pulse," "Monsoon," and "Metamorphosis," use it in a context framed by electronic rhythms and loops without breaking the overriding lineage thread. Closer "Unsaid" features Jones' melody, vocal, and piano accompanying Shankar's lyrics and sitar. A poignant pop ballad, Sawhney adds just enough of Ian Burdge's cello to deepen its emotional impact. Throughout Traces of You, Shankar allows her vulnerability as a human being -- even in the instrumentals -- to freely converse with her authority as a musician and composer. Sawhney is an empathic producer balancing the sides, allowing her wide-ranging and integrative musical ideas to take root and flower even as they express tenderness, sadness, grace, and gratitude.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2013
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947910510
catalogNumber:
001898402
Rank:
24428

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anoushka Shankar   Primary Artist,Sitar,Vocals
Nitin Sawhney   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bass Guitar,Ukulele
Tanmoy Bose   Tabla
Ian Burdge   Cello
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Aref Durvesh   Tabla
Pirashanna Thevarajah   Vocals,Kanjira,Mridamgam,Ghatam,Moorsing
Manu Delago   Glockenspiel
Ravichandra Kulur   Bansuri
Kenji Ota   Tanpura
Sanjeev Shankar   Shehnai
Bernhard Schimpelsberger   Udu
Sandyha Chandrachood   Vocals
Anil Narasimha   Vocals

Technical Credits

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt   Composer
Nitin Sawhney   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Stuart Hawkes   Mastering
Anoushka Shankar   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes
Merle Kersten   Art Direction,Cover Design
Norah Jones   Composer
Gaurav Raina   Engineer
Dean Barratt   Engineer
Manu Delago   Composer
James Turner   Engineer
Matt Marinelli   Engineer
Christian Badzura   Executive Producer
Matt Van Allen   Engineer
Viraj Mohan   Engineer
Yuval Hen   Cover Photo
Giles Williams   Engineer

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