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Posted: Feb 10 2009, 03:06 PM
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MY SLEEPING KARMA - Satya
Satya is a Sanskrit word that loosely translates into English as "truth" or "correct." It is also defined as "sate hitam satyam" which translates to "The path to ultimate truth". Which is a long winded way of saying that My Sleeping Karma are peddling a whole pile of hippy mantras at you.
It's a long way from stoner rock, despite their appearance on Elektrohasch, as they head off into the world of (largely) instrumental psychedelic gubbins, straight from the off. Opening number Ahimsa ("to do no harm") marks out their territory as expansive meditative, psychedelia, with the band hitting a mellow groove and rarely stirring from it.
Which isn't a bad thing. We all need some moments of peace in our lives, and when My Sleeping Karma manage to keep clear of drone rock, then theirs is a magnificent sound. Insert cliche here about swirling keyboard lines and hypnotic guitar riffs. A particular highlight is 'Svaatanya', when they really let themselves chill on the sole vocal track, which features vocalist Katrin Wiessler.
However, my favourite is definitely the closing 'Brahmacharya' (first ashram in Vedic culture), the heaviest number here, and the one time when the band let themselves off their self imposed leash. There are nods to Krautrock, stoner, spacerock and post-rock throughout the album, and if you have the time and space to take it all in, then the rewards are many.
:twisted :twisted :twisted 1/2 / 3.5 out of 5