When I first wrote this review I had this witty little rant about storing my CD collection in a rental storage unit where my neighbors are probably serial killers and pornographers. But that’ll have to wait for another day. When I went to test tube’s website to grab my links and such for this post, there was an unsigned note (Pedro Leitão?). My heart skipped a beat. When is a note on the front page of a netlabel ever a good thing? It seems that for the curator of test tube, the netlabel may just be getting in the way of life, especially when trying to raise a 4 year old.
Well, days have 24 hours and I can not do everything I was used to do when I didn’t had all these variables in my life. In any case I’m not giving up test tube, so don’t worry folks! Releases may come out more spaced between them, there may not be a lot of news posted here and newsletter still be sparse… but the quality of the music test tube releases and my dedication to the label is and will ever be the same as in day one!
Totally understandable and hopefully test tube will continue putting out great music — even on a limited basis. But enough dilly-dallying and on to the music.
Paul Sharma, a digital print artist and painter as well as a musician, released Safar (test tube), an album that is a combination world and electronic music. The liner notes say it is an “attempt in relating Indian Raga music and scales with western modern composition, electronic composition.” The first two tracks, “Voices” (mp3) and “Sofia” (mp3), are both dazzling and mysterious and more indebted to World Music than say the third track, “Journey” (mp3), that definitely has the electronic, soundscape feel to it. Sharma returns to the worldy beauty with the final track, “Safar” (mp3). Inviting and enchanting.