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Saffron Blue

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"Devotional music has never sounded as serene and sensual as it does in the world of Rasa." -- John Diliberto, Echoes

Evokes a sense of passion with stunning performances by four guest vocalists that perfectly juxtapose Waters's exquisite voice and Christian's virtuosic arrangements. The sound of Rasa is unlike anything you've ever heard. Sensual vocals, soaring cello, and sarangi swirls weave a sacred tunic of devotional love songs in Bengali and Sanskrit.

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The chant genre is glutted to epidemic proportions these days, with everyone from Buddhist nuns to Madonna's backup singers intoning Tibetan chants and Hindu kirtans. After six albums, Rasa continue to rise like perfumed smoke above the chanting hordes with their Eastern acoustronica and the enthralling singing of Kim Waters. The Rasa signatures are all there on Saffron Blue: Hans Christian creates a global fusion playing Swedish nyckleharpe, Indian sarangi, cello, electric bass, and synthesizers, orchestrating them across deep throbs of Indian percussion. But it all starts with Kim Waters, intoning Hindu mantras and bhajans in a voice that is both comforting and seductive. Christian builds her up in echoing choirs and canons that just seem to climb higher and higher. But there are some new wrinkles in the sari on Saffron Blue. They bring in a couple of other singers to duet with Waters, providing a contrast of rougher, more traditional sound with Vaiyasaki Das and Bairavesh Das. But even that nod toward tradition is bent through psychedelic echoes, subtle backwards effects, and deft electronic rhythms. Christian even gets a bit of funk slap bass in on the epic 10-minute trance of "Vande Krishna." Rasa don't make your street-corner Krishna sound, nor the easy grooves of ethno-techno chant albums. They've created a chilled-out global chant that speaks in a universal language. --John Diliberto
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New Earth Records
  • ASIN: B000OONRKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Saffron Blue is Rasa's 2007 release. In it Kim Waters and Hans Christian create a synthesis of voice, sound and spirit that elevates the soul to astral plateaus using hypnotic and sublime rhythms like the opening of a chrysalis of sonic delight. The deep flavor of India sweeps through each and every track bringing divine sensual pleasure and a delightful layering of caressing melodies. Kim's angelic voice is sometimes combined with drones and lyrics from Hans Christian.

Rasa is a Sanscrit word meaning, the taste or essence of any impression, the aesthetic expierience in transcendence, the emotional fulfilment of the soul, the essence of divine love.

Hans was German born and now lives in San Francisco. In addition to vocals, he plays the sarangi and sitara. Other instruments heard are the tablas, cello, udu, keyboards and drums.

Kim Water's voice is at the core and essence of the album. Few, if any vocalists can match the serene sensuality and purity of her voice. Her voice is what makes it all happen.
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I really enjoyed this CD! I originally purchased it for the second track, Madhava Murari. But the rest of the CD was just as delightful! Kim Waters' voice is really quite nice, and though I find it hard to understand her lyrics sometimes [it must be an accent thing, I suppose], the CD jacket helps. Traditional songs with more modern music - a great combination! Try it out - my favorite tracks are Vamsi Dhari, Madhava Murari, Antara Mandire, and Krishna Jinka. :)
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Wonderful as always, this CD features various guest artists. The male voice is most welcome as it highlights the female voice and the instrumentals.
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All the Rasa CDs are fantastic! I put one in my CD player and let it repeat all day. There is nothing you won't like about this CD. Pleasant, relaxing, beautiful music! Deal with it!
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I find myself returning over and over to my Rasa CDs partly because they're soothing, like old, familiar friends. Over time, I'm also tuning in more to the complexity of the music.
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