Robert Rich, one of the leading musicians in the area of ambient electronica, has a new CD titled Medicine Box. The album includes great artwork from John Bergin, in bright 3-fold Digipack.
Medicine Box features Cheri Chuang’s wordless crystalline voice on three songs, with traces of Persian inflection. There are deep basslines that hint at dub, while analog synth skitters and chuffs the outlines of a rhythmic grid, propelled forward by pulsing north African drums.
Sustaining guitars bring a psychedelic edge. Cello and reeds echo plaintively in the distance. Rich’s sparse piano adds droplets of modal jazz to this dark tea.
Robert Rich: synths & amp; MOTM, flutes, steel guitars, piano, bass, percussion
Haroun Serang: guitar on 1
Cheri Chuang: voice on 2,6,9
Edo Castro: bass on 3,6,9
Hans Christian: cello on 3,5,7,9
Slim Heilpern: chromatic harmonica, 4
1. Alba 4:16
2. Kaaruwana 6:18
3. Macula 6:27
4. Cornea 5:24
5. Crepescule 6:39
6. Pollen 7:33
7. Callyx 5:58
8. Salamander Quay 7:37
9. Helios 10:42