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Album by Album Synopsis

Monsoon 'Third Eye' (1983 Phonogram)

Very Asian, (songs written on raga scales) very pop - contains the top ten hit 'Ever So Lonely'.

'Out On My Own' (1984 Indipop)

Half the album in the style of 'Monsoon' although less glossy - half more experimental.

'Quiet' (1984 Indipop)

Lyricless, utilising cyclic riffs and drones and many layers of voice as an instrument. 10 untitled soundscapes, drawing on Asian sounds and structures in unexpected ways - marks Chandra's debut as a writer. (She was nineteen.)

'The Struggle' (1985 Indipop)

Mainly upbeat tracks featuring a growing array of new vocal techniques.


'Nada Brahma' (1985 Indipop)


27 minute title track with atmospheric variations exploring the raga 'Jog'. Other tracks more up tempo.

'Roots and Wings' (1990 Indipop)

Experimental. Also contains two seminal tracks for Chandra's distinctive solo voice and drone style of the 90's.

'Weaving My Ancestor's Voices' (1992 Real World)

Material designed for solo performance. Fuses vocal techniques from around the world, often within a single phrase. All tracks solo voice, or solo voice and drone , including 2 innovative vocal percussion tracks and a solo voice version of 'Ever So Lonely'.

'The Zen Kiss' (1994 Real World)

A continuation of Chandra's work on 'Weaving My Ancestor's Voices'.

'AboneCroneDrone' (1996 Real World)

Soundscapes designed to get listeners to hear the rich patterns of harmonics in drones. Vocals much more minimal and acting merely as signposts to 'events' in the drones.

'Moonsung' (1999 Real World)

Retrospective drawn from Chandra's work on Real World in the 90's including 2 previously unreleased tracks.