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ARTIST
TITLE
Waters In Azure
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SAAH 005CD SAAH 005CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/28/2002

"Waters In Azure is an album of sound sculptures, coursing through themes of structure, space and state. Inaugurating the album is 'Waters', a winding, amorphous meditation upon waters' various characteristics. Broken into three distinct parts, the composition coaxes blissfully disorientating shrapnel from the guitar, slithering under Steffen's alien 12-string slide techniques. 'Waters' dances drunkenly like a burbling creek, building, cresting, then breaking into a spacious trickle, only to swell again as it spills forth across some eerie landscape. Harkening back to Inside a raga-pulse is 'Inside the Rain', the absolute centerpiece of the album. Shimmering fractals glisten with fantastic beauty, expanding determinedly towards an ecstatic plateau, propelled by the rhythmic, vibrant sparkle of SBJ's 12-string. Experimenting with technique, form, and sound by merging minimalist composition, Eastern raga and the acoustic steel string/folk tradition pioneered by Robbie Basho, John Fahey and Sandy Bull, Steffen Basho-Junghans has transcended any easy genre pigeonholing to sit perched high atop a musical plane entirely of his own creation. Water Is Azure is his latest volley at the gods and goddesses of sound, pelting them mercilessly with his elaborately foreign, yet utterly beautiful brand of minimalist solo guitar."