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

Notes from Sheila

Be warned, 'Indipop' and 'The Ganges Orchestra' are playful, pragmatic, perverse, spontaneous, inspired. They love to recycle (I've done sessions with them, then found my vocal re-constituted on an entirely different track 10 years down the line!) and yet they are 'throw away'. They feel life is far too short for taking music too seriously or for over polishing.

'Indipop' irritate me immensely and yet their fresh approaches have been indispensable to my growth as an artist, so I try not to get in their way. I supply high minded, often impossible artistic visions and they catch me if I fall and make sure I survive - a perfect partnership.

To illustrate, tracks 12 and 13 on this album are all that is decent from the demos of a more song based project I was writing specifically for Real World in 2000 and which crashed and burned spectacularly. This has happened before, it often takes me several attempts to write anything worthwhile. For instance, I failed at writing 'Weaving My Ancestor's Voices' on 3 distinct occasions between 1988 and 1991, and all 3 versions were bad enough to make me wince in recollection. But I think the resulting album, once I got it right, was well worth throwing away 6 months of work at each attempt and all the disappointment in between.

In 2000, I was upset and depressed beyond belief, not just at failing to write a good song based album but at crippling limitations with the stamina of my voice and at disappointing Real World. Depressed enough to give up permanently. So Indipop quietly recycled the 2 limited edition EEP projects I'd done with them in 1999 into 'This Sentence is True', restored some of my confidence and saved my artistic life. They know that the best thing for you when you've been thrown is to get back on the horse. Any horse. Projects with them aren't necessarily the ones I'll point to when I'm old and grey as my best quality work, but they will have been the ones that moved me towards my best quality work.

'Indipop' makes its own rules and exists in its own universe. It has never moved psychologically from that exploratory and anarchic attitude you have as a student on a very forward thinking university course or very far from the post-punk guerrilla spirit of the Indies. And whilst all this may appear a very back-handed compliment, 'Indipop' have kept me fresh and kept me going. I am grateful.

So, if you're a mature enough listener not to need spoon-feeding, here on this album are some of the things (often, initially, against my better judgement) they've persuaded me, and others, to do

Sheila Chandra