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Alio Die & Zeit — Raag Drone Theory
(Hic Sunt Liones HSL 040, 2007, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-01-19

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I find the collaboration of Alio Die and Zeit to be one of ambient music's most fruitful, and Raag Drone Theory could be their finest combined effort. From a lineage perspective, this mix of zithers and electronics seems to be quite similar to the music of Laraaji from decades before except where Laraaji's music was more informed by both Brian Eno and contemporary New Age music, Alio Die and Zeit's captures a darker, more exotic and multi-cultural feel. It's a massively long piece at close to 80 minutes, and in that sense veers closer to other long form Alio Die albums like Password for Entheogenic Experience. This is atmospheric music to drift off to, longform waves and drones with drifting zither and psaltery sounds, a microcosm of plucked and bowed strings in a macrocosm of natural and sonic enhancements. It's all beautifully cosmic and relaxing like all the best drifters should be. There's even a shorter live version of this (as well as "Password") on Alio Die's live album Music Infinity Meets Virtues, showing that it's always good to bring back the classics.


Filed under: New releases, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Alio Die (Stefano Musso)

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