Exposé Online banner

Anoushka Shankar / Karsh Kale — Breathing under Water
(Manhattan 0946 3 95392 2 2, 2007, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Scott Steele, Published 2009-07-01

Breathing under Water Cover artAcclaimed sitar master Anoushka Shankar and ex-Tabla Beat Science techno beat master Karsh Kale teamed up for one of the surprise East-meets-West collaborations of last year. The two musicians are up-and-coming international stars with a heavy focus on tradition, sophisticated dance with high production values. Shankar’s skill as prime soloist is the unifying attribute of the songs with her playing (either as soloist or sampled) at the forefront of the listener's ear. Notable tracks include “Burn,” where half sister Nora Jones imparts a forlorn vocal that fits almost intuitively into the track. In contrast “Abyss” opens with watery percussion creating a hip club mix with Sting’s cleverly understated backing vocal offset by exotic wood flute. “Slither” is no doubt the shining example of the duo’s collaboration where Indian tradition and grinding rhythms create a unique hybrid form of world music. Kale’s right choice for sampling, trigger and playback really hold down the entire disc with “PD7” being the most relentless bass and drum track in the set (approaching his groundbreaking work with Bill Laswell). Ballads are rendered effortlessly with the big string sound sometimes hinting at the Bollywood music scene. Balancing technology and traditional instrumentation is no mean feat as the disc holds up upon replay and scrutiny. Overall it’s a tour de force for these two leading lights that should both innovators onward in whichever direction they may undertake.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Karsh Kale, Ansoushka Shankar

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Crasdant - Nos Sadwrn Bach – Crasdant is an all-instrumental folk band featuring four greats from the Welsh trad scene: harpist Robin Huw Bown, flautist/piper Andy McLauclin, fiddler/accordionist Stephen Rees, and...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues