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David Shea – The Thousand Buddha Caves (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

David Shea – The Thousand Buddha Caves (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 01:02:46 minutes | 580 MB | Genre: Modern Classical, Experimental
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Room 40

The well trodden path of the Silk Road unveils new secrets to David Shea, who turns years of research into a masterfully absorbing trip for his latest opus with Lawrence English’s Room40.

Landing square between the third eyes of Michael Ranta’s focussed east/west experiments and the more impressionistic scenes outlined by KWC 92, ‘The Thousand Buddhas’ feels out an epic journey across continents in a searching side intent on creating practical and esoteric connections between the myriad cultures, regions, and belief systems that follow the Silk Road between China and Rome, linking the ancient realities of Africa, Asia, India, Europe, and the Pacific region.

It’s no new obsession for David Shea, whose dozens of releases sine the early ‘90s have returned to these themes, specifically on ‘Hsi-Yu Chi’, ‘The Tower of Mirrors’, ‘Satyricon’, and ‘Rituals’, which were all based on adaptations of myths connected to the world’s ancient trading routes. Decades later, in a time when China is keenly pressing ahead with Silk Road 2.0, Shea’s latest retun to the area is a multi-dimensional thing, plotting a steeply immersive course from fathomless layers of gamelan percussion, field recordings, and keys, that reach some astonishing heights redolent of Alice Coltrane’s spiritual jazz as much as Michael Ranta’s forays deep into Eastern tradition.

1. Leaving (03:05)
2. The shape of the land (05:02)
3. Ritual in the sand (06:01)
4. Falling rice on the GuZheng (05:49)
5. The endless desert (08:04)
6. Attacks from without (02:47)
7. Mara’s daughters seduce Buddha (03:50)
8. Meditation (14:12)
9. The final gate (03:59)
10. Another destination in the West (10:02)


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