“The most dangerous journey ever undertaken in the search for indigenous music,” according to National Geographic. Anthony Copping travels to some of the remotest corners of the earth, records music rarely heard more than 10 miles from where it is made and then puts out an album that hides it all away under a blanket of studio slickness.
The idea for this madcap adventure — to find the exclusive sounds of distant pacific islands — really appealed to me despite the questionable logic of it all or maybe because of the danger involved. Anthony Copping and crew go up against Cyclone Berry, guns, machetes and some very suspicious people.
British ex-pat, Anthony Copping took all the music recorded back to his studio in Sydney and instead of curating an album of this painfully obscure music, he layers western instrumentation and beats over melodic borrowings and vocal snatches from his travels. The results are slick, professional and even quite catchy as on Shadow of Life.
The problem for me is that I really want to hear these sacred and mystical songs as they are and without all the extra stuff added. At times the music tends towards ambient folk fusion, an inoffensive blend best suited for advertising global products that don’t want to appear too sinister.
Others will love this unusual recording but my boat remains unfloated.
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This record seems to have been discontinued on the US Amazon store but should be available from the above links