Exposé Online banner

Howard Givens & Madhavi Devi — Source of Compassion
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9093, 2016, )

by Peter Thelen, Published 2016-11-12

Source of Compassion Cover art

Howard Givens is the founder of Spotted Peccary Music, and although only a few releases outwardly bear his name (or his project Brain Laughter), nearly every release on the label (over 100 now) and many on its various sub-labels have his name in the credits somewhere, either production, mixing, or mastering, as well as work done for other artists in similar genres. Madhavi Devi (Cheryl Gallagher) creates reflective ambient music from electronic and acoustic sources, with intention toward supernal inner growth and development; her 2004 collaboration Tibet with Deborah Martin stands as one of Spotted Peccary’s best ever releases. The collaboration at hand, Source of Compassion, offers six long tracks of introspective spiritual discovery, carrying the listener through ever-deeper subconscious levels, where mysticism and serenity balance in cosmic spaciousness. Using analog, modular, and digital synths, samples and heavily processed acoustic elements, the sonic swells and textures push forward in an effortless liquidity that envelops the listener in a peaceful and wondrous bliss. Embedded within the soundwall of textures are subtle currents and rhythms that at once keep the motion energetic and forward moving, often calling up stark and haunting melodies that shimmer and fold into a surreal backdrop. Moment to moment, there is beauty and power in abundance throughout this work that connects the inner spirit to the soft edges of a new musical universe. Givens and Devi are masters of their craft, creating an exceptional release that is at once organic, visionary and inspirational.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Howard Givens, Cheryl Gallagher (Madhavi Devi)

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Little Tragedies - Sixth Sense – I am having a bit of difficulty identifying my issues with Little Tragedies' third release The Sixth Sense and I don't wish to sound negative. I have tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues