Ever New Joy – ImRam (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

I’ve never understood when people say, “I don’t really like music”, I mean, what is that all about? Music is made up of a series of pitches and frequencies that are pieced together to make a collective sound, add some rhythm and you’ve got what is essentially food for your ears. You rarely hear people say they don’t enjoy looking at landscapes or sunsets or looking up at the sky on a clear night and seeing the stars and planets that surround us. Vision is for the eyes, sound is for the ears.

What I love about music is the sheer variation, instruments and voices aside, there truly is something for everybody, it can evoke emotions, memories and conjur images in an instant, allowing our ears and brains to decide if we like something or not. This variation is reflected in the music that finds it’s way into my grubby hands, somewhere hidden between the rock and the roll, the hip hop and the folk often comes an album that stands so distant from the party – a little like your ex-girlfriend attending your wedding – that it feels like it should only appeal to a minor audience yet there is something familiar about it that it is the audio equivalent of a friendly face welcoming you into their own party, where the beer is cooler, the attendees are smarter and the whole experience promises to be, ultimately, more enjoyable.

ImRam is a multi-national band hailing from Russia, Ukraine, UK and India their music is multi layered and draws on influences from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, India and Asia. We have spiritual chants and mantras that are suited to a Yoga studio playing over rock drumming but also encompassing guitar tones that reminisce sounds from Asian music, add this to the Indian percussion and you’ve got a powerfully layered sound that leaves no gaps as it rhythmically tiptoes a trail from the speakers.

It’s strong music, it’s so richly produced that at times it transports you to an Algerian market or Indian retreat. I’ve heard this album a few times now, (it’s better with headphones, it allows the music to surround and cocoon you) and each time I like it a little more, it won’t be everybody’s idea of a ‘good’ album but if you want to disappear into some music for an hour (the album has thirteen tracks, averaging five minutes each, you certainly get your money’s worth) and try something a little different, but no less satisfying, give it a listen.

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