Set to release for Bosse Skoglund’s 80th birthday, Mantra Sessions sonic soundscapes are an experiment you want to hear.
Bosse Skoglund and Zilverzurf are world-renowned Swedish musicians who specialize in creating and producing amazing percussion and bass soundscapes. Though I was not familiar with them I am a fan of Zilverzurf’s daughter, singer-songwriter Lykke Li. What a fantastic sonic and spiritual delight it was to discover their music through the new album, Mantra Sessions.
Mantra Sessions, set for release around Skoglund’s 80th birthday, is a dense and colorful montage of vocal mantra, jazz guitar, tribal percussion, saxophone, slinky bass, and many other world instruments delivered through a dreamy lens of reverb and delay. I love that the vocal mantra is on the same level as all the instruments; it doesn’t dominate but serves as a mysterious looping element within the overall soundscape meant to permeate your subconscious. This is an experimental work overall, meant for a trance-like state of listening more than mass commercial appeal.
Each track takes you on a brief dive into its own secret world. For me, “Prosperity Dub” sets a grounded energy, yet surprises with touches and flourishes of horns. Saxophone and Rhodes keyboard have an exotic conversation on the track “Mantra for Peace.” “Disappear Dub” created the effect of helping me shut out outside distractions and draw my focus within. “Health & Happiness” is a beautiful and uplifting track to begin your day.
Enjoy each song as it draws you in to your own experiences in this fascinating collection.