1. THE DREAM 3.27
The Ganges Orchestra
2. MYSTERIES OF THE EAST 3.22
Jhalib
3. THE CALLING 3.20 The Ganges Orchestra
4.  

WAVE SPEAK
1.45
Sheila Chandra and The Ganges Orchestra

5.   11 2.35
Sheila Chandra
and The Ganges Orchestra
6.   ELEGY FOR INDIA 3.13
The Ganges Orchestra
7.   AMA 3.48
Voix de L'est
8.   EVER SO LONELY EP VERSION
3.41 Monsoon
9.   CAN'T FACE THE NIGHT
6.21 East West
10.   XIMERRE MIX
3.12 Sheila Chandra
11.   O.U.R. 2.49
Sheila Chandra and The Ganges Orchestra
12.   CRESCENT SILVER SCYTHE 3.52 Sheila Chandra
13.
  COME HOME
3.21 Sheila Chandra
14.
  UNANNOUNCED
1.01 Sheila Chandra
and The Ganges Orchestra
15.  

ContemplASIAN 9
17.00 The Ganges Orchestra

 
 


The World of Indipop CompilASIAN

Sleeve Notes

Steve Coe's small but influential Indipop label have enjoyed 3 decades of innovation, fun and musical independence. Revelling in their autonomy, the unique spirit of the label shines out in the confidence, sheer boldness and creativity of their pioneering output. For instance, Indipop recordings regularly pre-dated and pointed the way for many now established genres such as World Music, Ambient, Chillout, New Age, Voice and Drone and Asian Fusion.

'Indipop's' musical journey is chronicled on this album and many of the tracks here are rare gems - mostly long deleted one-off's - including several new or never previously released tracks.

From the first Indipop recording to the present day, all the tracks here display a fusion of the beautiful ancient styles and sounds of the Indian Sub-Continent, contemporised, fused and made accessible for Westernised audiences. Indipop was one of the earliest contemporary World Music labels. Having fostered Monsoon and Sheila Chandra, its occasional series of CompilASIAN albums in the early 80's and 90's represented to a wider audience (and media) around the world the potential of Asian fusion.

Indipop have variously been called over-indulgent mavericks and trailblazers - they have certainly displayed a cavalier attitude to music industry norms. Because Indipop has no structure or hierarchy, it has always been spontaneous and flexible enough to take the musical risks. It is run as a small-scale cottage industry where the music making is not dominated or compromised by the business. It is also relevant to point out here that Steve Coe's writing and production work, (eg, Monsoon and other mainstream hits,) has always funded the initial production costs for the recordings and therefore allowed a more adventurous musical policy (and the release of many limited edition projects). Indeed, this has been Indipop's raison d'Étre.

Steve maintains "I still relate to and am influenced by the ethic of the "progressive rock" albums of the late 60's and early 70's. There was a spirit of serious musical exploration among the musicians at that time - and a passion for long form, often quite intricate but well structured tracks. I've always felt that World Music (and New Age/Ambient) is well suited to this approach".

It is good to hear of an 'enthusiast' label in a still specialist field that has both survived and thrived. Indipop (Records, Production, Publishing) have quietly, over the last 20 something years, sold 1.5 million albums and singles. Innovators and risk takers, their style and sound is still totally distinctive in the market place.