Title - 'Every Little Spirit'
Artist - Marcus Corbett
For those not in the know, Marcus Corbett started to travel to India in the mid ‘70s and has since spent the following decades continuing to cultivate an ongoing relationship with Tabla and Indian Classical Music. As Corbett himself puts it, "I traveled first to India as a wide eyed 18 year old and I heard a Tabla solo by the river Ganga. All I can say is my world changed; but it was the vocal that really hooked me – the voice in the music found an echo inside.”
Combining his guitar and vocal with Tabla, Bansuri Flute and Violins from India, here on Every Little Spirit Corbett brings forth his unique blend of intricate acoustic guitar brilliance and combines it with a raw, primal vocal delivery influenced by his years in India.
As for his many musical influences, aside from his times in India, Corbett states that "I've been affected by John Martyn, Nick Drake, Roy Harper – anybody that makes the guitar sing or speak. John McLaughlin with the 'Mahavishnu Orchestra' and early 'Shakti' was a revelation as has been Jerry Garcia's soulful musicality. Sigur Rós has impressed me with their atmospheric textures".
On a musical journey that has taken Corbett from his musical roots of locked between Marlborough and Oxford (in England) to Pune in India, via the Western Coast of America, Every Little Spirit takes us on a lush, rich, harmonious journey quite like no other recording I've heard in the past decade.
We begin with atmospheric Eastern Bansuri flute flavors (courtesy of Milind Date) on 'Strung Deep', a track that embodies the overall spirit of this truly incredible new CD. Combining a back beat of pop sensibilities, Corbett's quietly resonate vocals allow the undercurrent of Saylee Talwalkar's own vocals to intertwine perfectly with both the aforementioned Date and Nitin Gaikwad on Tabla. A more rainforest/jungle essence is brought to the fore on 'Loving Kind', which sees everyone come together as a whole (with Sharanappa Guttaragi replacing Giakwad on Tabla), and that's followed by one of my very own personal favorites on this wonderful eight track album, 'No Time.' It is an instrumental track that features everyone and more, for also included are both Sachin Ingale and Sanjay Upadhye on Violin and Bruno Guastalla on Cello. It's just a beautiful, empowering near five minutes track that, if you close your eyes, will transport you to a place you never thought you could ever travel to.
Next up is 'Get Set Free', a faster paced, guitar-flowing cut that features alongside Upadhye, Anjali Singde-Rao on Violin this time. That's backed by the quite brilliant, totally atmospheric extended version of 'Loving Kind (Extended) Pt (1) and Pt (II)'. Combined they bring us a highly indepth 20 minutes of music, and boy, does it allow us to deservedly get lost within each and every created musical avenue of wonderment. Corbett truly comes to the fore with regard his intricate guitar work here, and together with Date (Bansuri flute) and Guttaragi (Tabla) obviously sets out to encourage the listener to take part in his aural musical flight. The album then comes to a close with both the 17 minute long, sometimes spoken word, and rather funky in places 'Sitting On A Cloud' and is then brought to a close with 'Nothing More Than This.'
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