Magazine article New Internationalist

[Raman, Susheela. Salt Rain]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Raman, Susheela. Salt Rain]

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Salt Rain by Susheela Raman

(Narada World 72438-50955 CD)

There's a special luminosity about Susheela Raman's debut album that's hard to locate in any one aspect. Is it the way that the young singer-writer has woven traditional tunes and mantras from southern India? Or the subtle atmospherics with which guitarist and producer Sam Mills imbues Salt Rain? Or, perhaps, the spot-on, highly intuitive band, who bring Arabic, African and Asian tones into the mix? Wherever the charge of Salt Rain may lie, it's clear that its author is a star in the making.

After a training in Indian classical music and Tamil folk song, Raman discovered that she had a taste for the blues, and it's these two different traditions that make Salt Rain so wonderful. It kicks off with 'Ganapti', a Sanskrit meditation on Ganesh and one's immediately aware of the beautiful languidity of Raman's voice. It slips over the lyrics, even as some slithery cello and a hot-weather percussion and acoustic guitar strive to hold it down. …

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