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Healing Herb's Spirit

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Healing Herb's Spirit
Alio Die, Antonio Testa
1999 Crowd Control Activities Crowded13 (CD)

Alio Die is well known and respected worldwide for his ultra organic-soundscapes that often use extensively-processed natural sounds as the foundation for his hallucinogenic sound gardens. Here with fellow Italian Antonio Testa, the direction moves towards the shamanic as Testa brings his long list of ethnic percussion instruments to the mix. This is an outstanding stream of consciousness trip carried along by gentle rhythms, muted drones and Alio Die soundscapes hovering like a rainforest canopy.

Distant voice chants come and go, strange flutes appear, a sudden rain storm occurs and fades away to the surreal impression of a ceremony deep in a rainforest. This release along with the duo's PRAYER FOR THE FOREST were released at two different times on different labels, but when played back-to-back it's clear these were separated at birth. They make a perfect pairing, as the overall feeling is maintained throughout both discs. File these in the same space as VINE ~ BARK & SPORE, FORGOTTEN GODS, solo Jorge Reyes and the earlier music of Fourth World Godfather Jon Hassell. This and PRAYER FOR THE FOREST are a must-have if you are drawn to the ethno- shamanic sound blends.
 
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