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Tell-tale Pulsations: Laraaji Picks His 13 Favourite Albums
David Stubbs , November 15th, 2017 12:03

From the Faces Of The Christ to the Sounds of Nature, ambient master Laraaji picks the 13 albums that shaped him


Jonathan Goldman - Celestial Reiki

I have to confess I collaborated with Jonathan; he’s great teacher and friend as well as a musician. Every time I play his music I realise just how much I love it - slow, nurturing. He plays guitar - he actually started out in the punk scene. But his head now is in a very different place, a healing place. His music is made with that purpose in mind.

The intention of the composer/performer means a lot. I can create music that deliberately relaxes the breathing, which encourages that, which allows the listener to breathe - or music which suggests an uncongested flow, whether that is a blood system or simply the life force. Music has the power to suggest states of freedom, openness, fluidity - a state of yogic union. A body flowing in harmony with itself. That’s the opposite of music which suggests angst, resistance, fear.

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