Album Review: Arranged Marriage NP | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine
Pin It
Favorite

Album Review: Arranged Marriage NP 

click image cd-arranged-marriage-np.jpg

Arranged Marriage NP

Arranged Marriage NP

(2017, Team Love Records)

For all their demonstrable sonic differences, guitarist and synthesizer player Jerry Adler and sitarist Mustafa Bhagat create impressively simpatico, resonant soundscapes on this debut recording. Adler remarks, “We’re not bringing the sitar into a Western context or anything similarly contrived.” Uncontrived is right. The New Paltz group’s unique work is closer to the reverb-dosed stoner drone of Labradford and Stars of the Lid than any past “Indo-fusion” exemplar.


Each title on this release refers to a specific raga form. While I’m no Hindustani music expert, I suspect neither the Melvins-ish bursts of distortion on “Hemant” nor the foregrounding of Adler’s ambient, looped galactic coughs and eerie electro-squiggles over Bhagat’s incandescent sitar halfway through “Bhimpalasi” dogmatically adhere to the classical swaras on which they’re based—and it scarcely matters. This is unusually compelling music, fully embracing the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s immortal credo: “Ancient to the Future.” Team-love.com.


The original print version of this article was titled:
"CD Review: Arranged Marriage NP"

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
CHAC Is Back! A Summer Arts & Crafts Fair @ Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

CHAC Is Back! A Summer Arts & Crafts Fair

Sat., July 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Join the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center for CHAC Is Back! – A Summer...
"If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now" @ The Wassaic Project

"If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now"

May 22-Sept. 18 — Group show featuring 35 artists in and around the Maxon Mills with...

View all of today's events

Chronogram on Instagram

Latest in Arts & Culture

  • With Pleasure: A Survey of the Maximalist, Women-Led Pattern & Design Movement at CCS Bard
  • With Pleasure: A Survey of the Maximalist, Women-Led Pattern & Design Movement at CCS Bard

    After a decade defined by the spare aesthetic of Mid-Century-inspired minimalism, the pendulum swing of design is heading toward joyful, riotous maximalism once again. With pitch-perfect timing, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is exploring this cultural moment by way of the exhibition "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985,” now on view through November 28.
    • Jul 31, 2021
  • 8 Excellent Events in the Hudson Valley
  • 8 Excellent Events in the Hudson Valley

    July may be winding down, but the Hudson Valley keeps right on poppin’ with this week’s parcel of awesome activities.
    • Jul 26, 2021
  • 10 New Galleries in the Hudson Valley
  • 10 New Galleries in the Hudson Valley

    Following the cultural freeze of lockdown and social distancing, in-person events and exhibitions are back, as evidenced by this handful of brand-new galleries that have opened in the past year.
    • Jul 24, 2021
  • More »
It’s high time Chronogram made a newsletter about marijuana. Stay in the know with the latest on dispensary openings, industry news, cultivation tips, and more as we cover the emerging cannabis scene in New York and the Northeast. Welcome to High Society.

Subscribe

* indicates required