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Album Review

While Badmarsh & Shri have obviously been inspired by Bristolians Massive Attack and Portishead, they're far from imitators, although you'd be forgiven for thinking so if you listened to the opening title track to Signs, where they remake the reggae track "Lots of Sign" in a darkly moody fashion that's directly out of the Massive Attack songbook. A few cuts later they go all Portishead, with folksinger Kathryn Williams guesting on a weary vocal for "Day by Day." But there's a lot more going on, although it takes a little while to get there — you have to get past the awful poetry of "Swarm," which conjures up the image of '60s Moody Blues albums gone techno, and the goes-nowhere rhythmic workout of "Get Up." However, "Soaring Beyond," a piece for flute and acoustic guitar, both played by Shri, marks a new start, leading into the excellent "Sajanna," where the brooding Strings of Bombay (who appear on most of the rest of the album) play around a lush garden of earthly delights. Sanjogita Kumari's vocal has a lovely, unearthly quality. It's a signal that the album is looking east, filling with the kind of rich melodies that would do A.R. Rahman proud, a direction that separates Badmarsh & Shri from the rest of the British electronica crowd and one which seems perfectly suited to their vision. Badmarsh's crisp and inventive drum programming on "Tribal" has a depth most acts can't manage, while Shri's multi-instrumental skills (ten on this album, ranging from tabla to bass, keyboards, and flute) also serve to put them ahead of the pack without ever obviously being part of the Asian underground. "Bang" can rock the house without disturbing the pictures on the walls, "The Last Mile" offers Bombay trip-hop, and the sitar and strings on the closer, "Appa," evoke quiet, lost memories. It might not be completely successful — too often the musical voice they use doesn't seem to be their own — but Badmarsh & Shri are well on their way to doing something remarkable and unique.

Customer Reviews

Bang

Many years I have waited, and looked to iTunes to make available this masterpiece. In my uneducated opinion, Bang has all the delight of an Eastern symphonic equivalent of the Beastie Boys Sabotage. Real art transcends linguistic borders, skipping the need to process the familiar and seeking instead the initial spark of truth lying innately in our human being. I can not get enough of this track year in and year out...I hope it touches you too.

Epic

This album is great, if you we're lucky enuf to catch these guys live you would know what I mean, thick beats, killer bass and sweet melodies, a true gem )

When was the last time sounds like this made you float to the clouds?

That should be enough to whet your curiosity ... Drop the needled and find your own sound...

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