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

'Crescent Silver Scythe' Sheila Chandra

Rippling, cascading, ivory arpeggios interwoven by gamelan heartbeats underpinned by 'massive' half time refreshing break beats, following vocal bliss, and heartbreaking.... Some people can write in their sleep. Sheila dreamed this.

'Come Home' Sheila Chandra

A recording (along with 'Crescent Silver Scythe') from an album project which Sheila abandoned in 2000 in favour of 'This Sentence Is True'. These two were the most advanced demos and with a little extra overdubbing and editing (thanks to Bruce Soord's input at Dining Room Studio, Yeovil) Sheila gave permission for them to be included. I rate them highly. Working with Sheila in the studio for over twenty years I've seen so often (even on demos) how she seems almost guided as she vocally crafts a performance so I'm not surprised that in coming back to these tracks I'm finding more depth than I remembered.

'Unannounced' Sheila Chandra and The Ganges Orchestra

Around the end of 1999 and the beginning of the year 2000, Indipop gave away 1000 CD copies of 'EEP1' and 'EEP2'.
Each EEP, dispatched around the world to our music and media friends, had around 30 minutes of new music from a collaboration between Sheila Chandra and The Ganges Orchestra. As any avid listener of Indipop's output over the last twenty something years will tell you, if quizzed, drones underpin and inform all our recordings.
The seven or eight titles on each EP involved the word 'Drone' eg 'Not Waving Droning', 'Drone Fide' etc. This track might have been called 'You're Never Alone With a Drone' or some such, but we hid it unannounced at the end of EEP2 - five minutes after the last track had finished....

'ComtemplASIAN 9' The Ganges Orchestra

The gentle, assured simplicity of this track is beautiful to me. I often put it on repeat (at a low volume) when I want quiet but not silence. It's like a familiar - an old friend who gives and yet doesn't demand. Ah, life is beautiful!
The ComtemplASIAN series - 9 albums each 69 minutes long - were a minimalist project featuring single sound sources I recorded at Strawberry Studios, Manchester. They seemed a good idea at the time - long format, apparently repetitious cycles but with variants in a 'small worlds' kind of way. Around that time (mid/late 80's) I was recording all sorts of acoustic drones and drone textures for my own use - meditation, relaxing, pre-sleep etc. Although they got to artwork stage, the ComtemplASIANS were never released, our energy was diverted into 'Roots & Wings' and soon afterwards 'Weaving My Ancestors Voices'. However, my turntable at home is regularly touched by them. ContemplASIAN 9 is my personal favourite.

Steve Coe