We all know how difficult it is breaking into the music business and for artists such as Rani Chatoorgoon her future in the business should be bright as she has made a real impression with her sophomore effort titled Samsara. Her debut Illusions of Loneliness was released in 2009.
She grew up in the small town of Deep River, Ontario but has kept alive her Trinidad and Tobago identity (her parents immigrated to Canada) in the form of her musical expression. East Indian music abounds on Samsara mixing elements of folk and heavier symphonic rock. I'm thinking bands like Within Temptation would be a good comparison although the music is never as dramatic as with that band. Indian folk music and other world forms can be found as well all built upon a foundation of accessible rock music. The strings in particular bring an exotic Eastern vibe as well as acoustic guitar. Many of the songs start mellow and dream-like before building with rock elements towards heavier riffs as more crunch is added. Rani's voice is exceptionally clear and in perfect pitch as her lead and backing vocals are beautiful throughout the album.
Notable tracks include the album opening "The Grey" where soft beats and delicate acoustic guitar fills meet head to head with a heavier symphonic style and the intriguing "Lonely Witness" with its Eastern folk elements and crunchy riff progressions blending softer and heavier forms in a seamless and evocative way.
Samsara is certainly a nice surprise, a fine mixture Eastern mysteriousness and Western rock. Recommended .
1. The Grey
2. Lonely Witness
4. Let Me Go
5. My Prison
9. The Will
10. Keepers of Truth
11. Sweet Solace
12. Guardian of Souls
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