Daily Record CD review of Rakshasa by Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti

Review by Rick Fulton, published 14/06/2013

 

An ambitious but highly successful melding of Indian and western music with instruments including violin and tabla brought together to create a cohesive sound.

 

Edinburgh’s Simon Thacker is a classical guitarist but, like George Harrison, he has seen how intertwining two styles can actually work.

 

Opening effort Dhumaketu is based on the eight note scale mixing flamenco, tihais (a rhythmic technique found in Indian classical music) and jazz harmonies.

 

By blending them, he has created something highly listenable but very different.

 

The styles don’t jar-they emote. Turn this on, tune in and be transported. A must for holiday listening. The album is out now.