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Deep Energy Orchestra

The Return

Review by Gary Hill

This act is always intriguing. They combine world music (heavily built around sitar) with fusion, prog rock and more. I've reviewed them in the past, and this is their new set. I think I like this one even better than the previous music I've heard. It's classy stuff.

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Track by Track Review
Moksha I - The Village
Trippy world music and vocals open this piece and hold it. It serves as a short introduction to the next movement.
Moksha II - The Battle

While this still has plenty of those world music elements at play, overall it is a driving rock number that feels very fusion-like. It's a powerhouse with some great sitar soloing over the top. A closing buildup segues this into the next number.

Moksha III - The Journey
Slower and rather trippy, there is some space music built into this movement. It has plenty of fusion sound and texture, too.
Moksha IV - The Return
This movement is a melodic one. It starts a bit tentatively and grows outward from there. It has a lot of fusion along with world music sound and more. There are some world vocals in the mix. I love the rubbery bass work on the tune. More tradition vocals appear after the introduction, but those are not in English and take on more of a world-music-meets-scat vibe later.
Zyryab
I love the bass work on this thing. It's moves around like crazy. The whole piece has some mad fast-paced jazz meets world music jamming at its heart.
Call Of Kali
There is some killer progressive rock jamming at the heart of this thing. It's a real powerhouse.
Grapes For Khan
The world music textures that drive early parts of this are intriguing and effective. The cut builds outward to more of a rocking approach as it continues moving forward. This gets pretty intense and inspired as it drives onward.
Resolve
A melodic kind of piece, the world music grooves on this are so cool. Yet, it also has plenty of fusion in the mix.
Mysterious World
The closer is fast-paced with plenty of cool world music swirling around it. I dig the percussion, but everything about this cut works so well.
 
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