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Breathing under Water is the soundtrack of a journey created by two of the most visionary talents pioneering the hip and fertile overlap of today's world music scene. Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale expanded beyond cultural and traditional borders of music on their new collaboration. With the help of featured guests Ravi Shankar, Sting, Norah Jones, Midival Punditz, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and others, the duo has succeeded in blending Indian classical, electronica, dance, and folk into a genre hopping triumph.

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Like her father before her, Anoushka Shankar is a musical eclectic experimenting with forms far beyond those of Indian classical music. Going even further than on her previous disc, Rise, Shankar, along with co-producer Karsh Kale, explores the meeting of electronica and India. "Burn" starts out as a romantic Bollywood theme before turning into a sultry soul tune with electronica beats, squiggly analog synths, and an impassioned vocal by Noah Lembersky. Shankar's sitar stutter glitches over a tabla-draped electronica rhythm on "Slither," courtesy of the Midival Punditz' Gaurav Raina. Guest singers appear on several tracks, including the ubiquitous Sting, who contributes his overly earnest voice to a power ballad called "Sea Dreamer." Shankar's sitar occasionally becomes a sidelight on her own album, leaping out for rock guitar-like breaks. She doesn't so much duet with Sting as accompany him. Her song for half-sister Norah Jones, on the other hand, integrates the singer's voice into a textural track of snaky sitar, as Jones mixes ethereal chorales and impassioned pleas. Much of Breathing Under Water recalls Bombay Dub Orchestra and their mixture of Bollywood strings, Indian musicians, and electronic grooves and textures. Both Kale and Shankar have writing credits on all but one composition, with their computer-concocted tracks often bridged by rhapsodic strings arranged by Bollywood composer Salim Merchant. His co-composition, "Little Glass Folk," brings an uncharacteristic Western classicism to the album, while the Anoushka and Ravi Shankar-composed work, "Oceanic," is the only piece aspiring to Indian classicism. Breathing Under Water is an ambitious album, although it has elements of pastiche, designed to expose Anoushka Shankar to a wider audience. --John Diliberto

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1. Burn
2. Slither
3. Breathing under Water
4. Sea Dreamer (feat. Sting)
5. Ghost Story
6. PD7
7. Easy (feat. Norah Jones)
8. Little Glass Folk
9. A Perfect Rain
10. Abyss
11. Oceanic, Part 1 (feat. Ravi Shankar)
12. Oceanic, Part 2 (feat. Ravi Shankar)
13. Reprise

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Manhattan Records
  • ASIN: B000RPCEV6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By power on April 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Anoushka is Sitar maestro Ravi Shankar's daughter.
After "Rise", which was released two years ago, got her a Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary World Music category she has been experimenting with forms far beyond those of Indian classical music to reach a wider audience.
Anoushka's album, made in collaboration with musician Karsh Kale, blends Indian classical, electronica and folk.
London-born and New York-raised, Kale balances his Indian heritage with rock 'n' roll, hip-hop and atmospheric pop.
"I am pushing the envelope on a personal level and trying to see how far I can go", Anoushka said. "It means so much to me to explore the Indian classical music my father taught me, yet I am so deeply excited to be discovering my own creative voice".
Imagine living in a world where psychedelic raves follow classical recitals and rock and roll dives become Bollywood hangouts. A world where one finds West Coast yogis immersed in Eastern culture and the New York underground drawing inspiration from the Mumbai club scene, where globalization is an internal state-of-being and borders were made to be crossed.
This is the world Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale live in and journey through.
"Breathing Under Water" is the soundtrack of this journey as created by two of the most visionary talents pioneering the hip and fertile overlap of today's world music scene.
The album is carefully constructed and composed, boasting some of the finest guest artists on the order of Ravi Shankar - who created the nucleus of two climatic pieces for the album (Oceanic Parts 1 & 2) plus Sting, Anoushka's sister Norah Jones, MIDIval PunditZ, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Noah Lembersky , Shankar Mahadevan and Sunidhi Chauhan.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Faust on January 3, 2008
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I love Méhdi, Enigma, Karsh Kale etc. and this is a beautiful and rare production that I also enjoy just as much. Like most who stumbled on this beautiful CD, I bought the CD because the CD shop selling it happened to be playing it - and I was immediately captivated and deeply touched by it. Glad I picked it up and highly recommend it.

Also Recommended: Méhdi ~ Paradise...A True Gem! Full Samples at Soothing Music dot com ...Just Go Listen! Instrumental Paradise Volume 8
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on February 14, 2008
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"Breathing Under Water" is a marvelous marine musical journey. It's perfect to let the music wash over you. Karsh Kale,looking a lot dapper since his "Realize" days,has gone more classical while Anoushka Shankar,Ravi's famous daughter,leaps into the sea of techno. "Breathing Under Water" was 2007's OTHER duet album,in the shadow of the sandy Robert Plant/Alison Krauss juggernaut.

"Breathing Under Water" has a great range of styles. The opening,"Burn" is cinematic (it does have the Bombay Cinema Orchestra) and has the androgynous vocals of Noah Lembersky. "Slither" is a powerful instrumental-Kale bringing the rhythm with his tablas while Shankar strums away on her sitar. The title track is hypnotic. Sting's "Sea Dreamer" is relaxing. "Ghost Story" is appropriately eerie. "PD7" is a throbbing dancefloor track. The album is also a family affair. Anoushka&her half-sister Norah Jones complement each other in "Easy." Anoushka&her father Ravi are powerfully serene in "Oceanic,Parts 1&2." There are some interesting pieces-"Little Glass Folk" sounds like an Indian take on Western classical music,while "Perfect Rain" is Oriental placidity.

"Breathing Under Water" harmoniously weds Karsh Kale's techno/Asian Massive beats with Anoushka Shankar's serene classical sitar-playing. Their interchange is musically delightful,at once peaceful&erotic,spiritual&sensual. It is like the Hindu belief in the mystical union of Shakti (feminine energy) with Shiva (masculine energy) The album is the musical echo of the love play between them. "Breathing Under Water" is perfect music to have wash over you on Valentine's Day. It's waterdance for the soul,a musical Kama Sutra.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KV Trout on February 27, 2009
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I am a fan of sitar music and that's how I came to this album, through Anoushka's earlier sitar album, and of course through her father, Ravi's albums.

When I heard this was "electronica techno" music I was afraid. I don't like techno music nor electronica music.

But this is so well put together, so MUSICAL (something I would say most techno and electronica music is not), it grabbed me right away. The techno aspect of it is actually pretty subtle and there is a lot of Indian vocals and sitar music for the traditional Indian music lover to appreciate.

But this album goes beyond genres. It is a new form of music. It is perhaps "music of the gods". It is as if Anoushka and Karsh Kale have taken all their influences and perfectly melded them into something beautiful and new.

This is an amazing album! If you love MUSIC you pretty much have to like this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WilderSpoon on October 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
boy was I wrong! This girl just keeps getting stronger & better! And her collaborations, incredible. I'm waiting for more from this impressive Deva (yes I mean Deva) and will purchase anything she produces (already have obtained everything done by her after hearing Rise, which was recommended to me as part of Ravi's work which I was collecting). If you want to follow the evolution of the world's music, please obtain this album, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Thanks for reading this.
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