Sabdatanmantra

by Ramayana Soul

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ElArbol I feel like I've fallen into some hypnotic dream within the cover cat's eyes, where the laws of music are slightly warped, genres blended, the melodies new. On the A side I'm a cat stalking a rat through the narrow alleyways of India. On the B side I enter the window of a basement cafe, where a yogi strums his sitar. My animal mind is pacified, and I realize there was never any rat. I lounge in pure bliss until the dream ends and I awaken once again a human, yearning for more Ramayana Soul. Favorite track: Demensi Dejavu.
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Global Psychedelia This album is brilliant from beginning to end. Every time it's over I wish it was longer. Classic and rock sitar a la Kikagaku Moyo, with some Sundays and Cybelle heavy psych, and a touch of devotional cult rock to push into brilliance. Favorite track: Demensi Dejavu.
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=Album Description=
Ramayana Soul continues to play with audience expectations.
They are creating new musical colors by blending the sound of the East with the psychedelia and soul­rock of the 60s. 
Sabdatanmantra is more than just romance-psychedelia.
In Almunium Foil and Dimensi Dejavu Ivon’s intoxicating vocals are broken by rhythmic shouts that echo back to their punk influence.
The changing tempos and chanting vocals often dissolve into sitar freak outs or guitar solos. 
The percussion and keyboard accompaniment crowded into Rhaksasa is a throwback to the Madchester era reinterpreted by the east.
Sabdatanmantra is more than simply East meets West; it is a synthesis of new global sounds.

=Band Description=
Ramayana Soul’s beginnings date back to 2006, when Erlangga Ishanders (Anga) began experimenting outside his comfort zone
into the realm of punk and Britpop. He found a new interest in spiritualism, religion, culture, the East and animism.
The band explores musically how everything is connected to the Ramayana Soul and together they explore the varied faces
of Eastern spiritualism.

インドネシア、ジャカルタを拠点に2006年から活動。2人のボーカル、そしてシタールとタブラ奏者を含む5人組。彼らは東洋のスピリチュアリズムやアニミズムへ傾倒するとともに、自身の音楽を探求し続けている。

Ramayana Soulはポップ・センスと実験的探求心を備えたグループだ。彼らの多彩な楽曲の数々をリードするのは、魅力的なツインボーカル。東洋音楽的アプローチに挑んでいたころのPopol Vuhを思わせる神秘的な歌声を持った女性ボーカリストIvon Destian、そしてボーカルとシタールプレイヤーを兼ねるErlangga Ishanders。不意にやってくる彼の絶叫は(個人的にThe Black Angelsのそれが連想された)ガレージ・パンクな衝動に満ちている。バンドを支える楽器陣の演奏も見逃せない。リスナーを瞑想の世界へと導くスピリチュアルなジャムから、Brainticketばりにソウルフルで熱量あるアンサンブルまで自由自在だ。
ひんやりと漂うキーボードの音色から始まる冒頭曲"Alumunium Foil"は、緩急のあるスリリングな展開がこちらをワクワクさせてくれる。続く2曲目ではうってかわって、南国チックな暖かみあるハーモニーが印象的。広大なスケール感を持ったエスニック・ネオ・サイケ"Terang"。最後はのどかな風景を想起させるアコースティック曲で幕を閉じる。
Sabdatanmantraは西洋のネオ・サイケシーンに対するインドネシアからの返答ともいえるだろう。そしてここには、オリジナリティと普遍性を持った彼らだけのサウンドが詰まっている。

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released April 22, 2016

Vocal and sitar: Erlangga Ishanders
Vocal: Ivon Destian
Guita: Adhe Kurniawan
Bass: Irfan Tirtamurti
Drum and tabla: Bimo Kamill

Artwork by Irfan Tirtamurti
Lyric by Erlangga Ishanders, Dimensi Dejavu, Irfan Tirtamurti
Produced by Ramayana Soul
Mixed by Erlangga Ishanders
Recorded at Kamarangga Studio Jakarta, Indonesia.

Backing Vocal: Dawai Batu Gadjah, Fisty Corsica, Harsafitri, Erico Akbar
,Samuel Yudhistira

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