Season of Souls

Season of Souls

by Tulku

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Season of Souls

Using a variety of different ethnic singers, Tulku demonstrates the similarities of these strains of folk music. Leader Jim Wilson is the composer of these themes, plays synthesizer and electric keyboards, and is helped by a changing rotation of musicians through music that is derived from Persian, Australian, Egyptian, Eastern and Native American Indian, and Mayan sources. This is world or perhaps new age music, with a smattering of improvisation accenting textures of processed sound with natural elements and siderial female vocals added. Three pieces are very similar to Jon Hassell's voodoo priestess contingent. "Fields of Offering," "The Falcon," and the title track all have that ethereal quality: the first with ancient Egyptian text sung in native phrasings and English, the second a spellbinding praise to a higher power, the third a love of god anthem. In many cases a rock beat is prevalent. "Heart of Heaven, Heart of Earth" has an invocation by Don Alexandro, a seventh generation Mayan medicine man from Guatemala, floating above the 4/4 beat. A hip-hop rhythm centers "Tipari," with Tim Reynolds' slide guitar adding contrast. "Meena Devi" brings American rock and spacy drone together. The most compelling track, "Spiral Dance," is a wraithlike swirl, and "Cold Mountain Meltdown" is once again rockish, but in a space ethnic synthesized fashion. The Native American chanting of group vocals and percussion of "Life Eternal," and the Aboriginal bent of "The Fire That Speaks" with didgeridoo, bullroarer, and wolfhound howls with a rock beat and pained vocals, makes for a unique sound. This is a most intriguing recording, one where in many instances the undertow of sounds is much more compelling than what's on top.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2002
Label: Razor & Tie
UPC: 0793018522021
catalogNumber: 85220

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tulku   Primary Artist
K.D. Kagel   Harmonium,Vocals
Jeff Sussman   Percussion
Jim Wilson   Synthesizer,Percussion,Keyboards,Bullroar
Richard Larsen   Harmonium
Tim Reynolds   Guitar
Paul Brown   Oud,Upright Bass
Steve Snow   Bass,Sampling
Verdell Primeaux   Vocals
Ashley Dargan   Vocals,Didjeridu
Alicia J. Ultan   Viola
Johnny Mike   Vocals
Anubis   Sistrum
Arjuna   Vocal Harmony
Daud Al Jerrahi   Vocals,Tambur
Susan Aldrich   Vocal Harmony
Mamak Khadem   Vocals
Loga Ramin Torkian   Guitar

Technical Credits

Axiom   Contributor
K.D. Kagel   Executive Producer
Ellen Klaver   translation
Mitchell Markus   Producer,Executive Producer
Tim Stroh   Engineer
Jim Wilson   Arranger,Programming,Lyricist,Producer
Krishna Das   Contributor
Steve Snow   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Duke Woolsoncroft   Art Direction
Anubis   Contributor

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