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Sheila Chandra with The Ganges Orchestra


Country of origin:

England

Type of music generally:

Ambient, electronic

Status:

Most recent release, "THIS SENTENCE IS TRUE" (The Previous Sentence is False) (2001)

See also:

Sheila Chandra's site

Wikipedia's entry on Sheila Chandra

The Ectophiles' Guide entries on Sheila Chandra and for her former band, Monsoon

Comparisons:

Sheila Chandra's solo work to some extent

Covers/own material:

Own, and co-written with partner Steve Coe

General comments:

If you listen to Sheila Chandra for relaxation and meditation, you'd probably do better with her later RealWorld releases. But for good bracing surprise, with her usual excellent vocals, this music is worth grabbing, if you can find it. (jzitt@humansystems.com)

Recommended first album:

"THIS SENTENCE IS TRUE" (The Previous Sentence is False)

Recordings:


EEP1

Release info:

1999—Indipop—EEPCD1

Availability:

Limited edition cd; available at Amazon.com and some stores

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of Sheila Chandra and/or ambient music

Group members:

Sheila Chandra—vocals
The Ganges Orchestra—rhythm, drones

Produced by:

Steve Coe

Comments:

It's about half an hour long, six tracks of her voice over various noisetronica. (jzitt@humansystems.com)

The album is described as "an edgy and more experimental side project for Sheila Chandra with the Ganges Orchestra providing the rhythm and drones." It's a limited edition, numbered and signed by Sheila Chandra, and the first of a planned two such limited edition cds. It also has 8 tracks as opposed to the listed 6. There's less vocals on this than on Sheila's solo albums, but they're just as beautiful. Often they are treated as simply another instrument. Especially beautiful are the tracks with Sheila repeating "Espiritu Sanctus" and the one which uses the sound of water throughout. It bears repeated listening as there's always something new to discover in its intricacies. Well worth getting for Chandra fans. (JoAnn Whetsell)


"THIS SENTENCE IS TRUE" (The Previous Sentence is False)

Release info:

2001—Shakti—72438-50954-2-9

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Sheila Chandra—all vocals, drones, and vocal fx

Guest artists:

Nick Pullin—all guitars
Shankar-Ganesh Orchestra—Indian percussion
Paul James—bagpipes
Richard Bragg and Norman Bragg—mandolins
Steve Coe—keyboards, digital rhythms, drones, and the kitchen sync

Produced by:

Steve Coe and Sheila Chandra

Comments:

Like EEP1, "THIS SENTENCE IS TRUE" (The Previous Sentence is False) is more experimental than even Sheila Chandra's ABoneCroneDrone. This is labeled "a daring vocal experiment layered with ambient instrumentation and percussion", which describes it perfectly. (Neile)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for her work on this entry.

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