Exposé Online banner

Orient Squeezers — Sadhu
(Record Heaven RHCD17, 1999, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2000-05-01

Sadhu Cover art

Orient Squeezers, aside from being an especially nonsensical phrase, is a solo project of Håkan Almkvist, the driving force behind Ensemble Nimbus. The disc displays quite an obsession with India, and at times generates the kind of corny vibe found on the soundtracks of old movies set in the Middle and Far East. At other times, the pieces come off as just good modern instrumental progressive music spiced with a heavy dose of the East. Almkvist plays all the instruments and blends his guitar, bass, and keyboard arrangements with exotic percussion, sitar, and a variety of modern effects from samplers and tapes. The lead is shared about equally between electric guitar, sitar, and flute (though it’s probably sampled, since flute isn’t among the instruments credited). There is a lot of music coming out these days placed into the generic category of “World Music” or “World Fusion” and in some ways Orient Squeezers fits the bill. And it’s certainly more listenable than some things I’ve heard in the genre, as it doesn’t lean toward the New Age like so much of this music.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 19, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Håkan Almkvist (Orient Squeezers)

Latest news

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Garmarna - Vittrad – Garmarna is doing its part to bring Swedish traditional music into the modern age, coupling the medieval sound of droning fiddles and folk melodies with energetic drums, electric guitars, and modern...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues