Release Date: 09 September 2011
Format: CD, Duration 65:55
Recorded with Miten and Manose at the end of their 2010 world tour, Password marks an exciting new direction in their unique blending of East and West, embedding the extraordinary energy carried by ancient mantras into a rich fusion of sound and silence.
Deva's golden voice, guided by Miten and The Essence producer RajRishi, glides through shining soundscapes created by some of the best young jazz musicians in Europe, offering haunting, seductive invitations to come home to our hearts. As Deva notes, "Mantras are passwords that transform the mundane into the sacred."
With her beautiful, breathy vocals and reverence for ancient spiritual traditions, Deva Premal captivates listeners with her lush chanting, immersing them in a world of serenity.
PASSWORD, inspired by the notion that mantras act as passwords to unlock the mysteries of the spirit, offers an album of fresh mantra chant that highlights Premal's sublime singing capabilities.
The album offers a new direction for the artist, featuring the insights of Danish producer RajRishi, who frames Premal's vocals in the music of some of Copenhagen's top jazz players.
The music is not jazzy per se, but hints of jazz interweave with Manose's bansuri flute and Asian drone instruments to provide a delightful cross-section of Euro-jazz, American lounge and classic Indian music.
The selections are mellow and refined, bearing a special sort of elegance that only Premal can provide.
1. Mangalam 10:15
2 Shyam! 07:06
3 Sri Nanda Nandanastakam 07:40
4 Narasimha 07:12
5 Mere Gurudev 07:43
6 Nandana Gopala 07:34
7 Om Dhara 06:19
8 Aham Prema 05:27
9 Shyam! (Prabhu Mix) 06:35
About the Author
German-born Deva Premal is a classically trained musician and gifted singer who grew up in an atmosphere of mantras and eastern spirituality. She has been called both 'the queen of mantra' and the 'high chanteuse of chant'. Miten, originally from Britain, began as a singer-songwriter-guitarist in the 70s opening for such groups as Fleetwood Mac and Ry Cooder. He then discovered the power of meditation and left the world of rock 'n' roll behind. The two met at an ashram in India in 1990.
With her face gracing magazine covers, such as Natural Beauty & Health and New Age Voice, and one of her signature pieces, The Gayatri Mantra, being performed by Cher on tour, Deva Premal's star, along with Miten's, is on the rise. Their music, once found only in yoga studios, meditation centres and spiritual festivals, is now featured in record stores around the world.
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