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Lamp of the Universe — The Inner Light of Revelation
((Not on label) no#, 2015, CD/LP + download)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-08-11

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New Zealander Craig Williamson has been performing and recording as Lamp of the Universe since 1999. The Inner Light of Revelation, available on CD, LP, and download, may be his eleventh release, but Craig’s music is brand new to me. Based on what I hear on The Inner Light of Revelation, I have been missing out. Craig plays a form of ritualistic/shamanistic psychedelic, acid folk, Eastern trance music. He is in a league by himself, though I detect some similarities to the Master Musicians of Bukkake. Many of the eight tracks are trance-inducing dirges with drones, sitar, Mellotron, and vocals weaving in and out of the trippy music. I would have to really concentrate on the vocals to understand the message, but the vocals are secondary to the musical experience. Suffice it to say, the vocals contribute to the spiritual and meditative nature of the music. In many places, there is a raga ambiance with a repeated two- or three-note riff and monotonic chanting, with overlaid psychedelic guitar. The disc is the musical equivalent of a psychotropic/lysergic journey to the center of your mind. Perfect to relax to at the end of a hectic day.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Lamp of the Universe (Craig Williamson)

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