"Tsechima" Eleven Shadows
1997 Tsechima $10 *Note: Less than ten of these original Curve
Records pressings remain!
Alternative Press Review: Darker and more ethereal, Tsechima is the druggy flipside of Translingual's sublime sensuality. "Reassembled and reinterpreted" by Dileo, Tsechima (meaning "next life") is a heady "Rae-mix" of Ken Lee/Eleven Shadows' forthcoming Sangsara. As in Sangsara, the inspirational message at the core of Tsechima is the plight of Tibet under Chinese occupation, and the creative spark for the compositions comes from Lee's first-hand exposure to the atrocities there. This may be where Lee was coming from, but besides a few dream-spoken interludes about Buddha and whatnot, the music does little to express that. Nor does it need to. Good ambient music is more about the mood than it is about the message, and the mood here is one of hallucinatory textures and crisp percussion and mysterious female arias that call to mind an East Indian Bjork. It's good, durable stuff in an age of sex, drugs, and ambient pulse.
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