Saturn Return CD

Saturn Return CD

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Date Added: Thursday 03 November, 2005

by Matthew Marsolek

From the Missoula Independent
Vol. 16, No. 43, Oct. 27th - Nov. 3rd, 2005
Western Montana's Weekly Journal of People, Politics and Culture

By Quinn Riedy

Nathan Zavalney's Saturn Return definitely sounds like the product of cosmic intervention. Zavalney, who's fluent on several instruments and a member of the local world-percssion group Drum Brothes, initially recorded this collection of ambient instrumental originals as a soundtrack for an instructional belly dancing DVD. That may sound cheesy, but Saturn Return does not.
Zavalney's debut delivers mystical Eastern soundscapes that transport you to the other side of the world, fusing Middle-Eastern drums with a wide range of exotic accompanying instruments such as the didgeridoo, kandira and the Armenian double-reed-duduk. Hightlights include "Dream Sequence," wherein Beth Youngbloods' violin soars eloquently over a steady percussve beat reminiscent of 1999's American Beauty soundtrack. Other standouts include "Terra Firma" and "Trance Figure," which showcase Michael Marsolek's udu drum and are firmly anchored by thunderous percussion grooves that evoke a sense of indigenous tribal rituals.
In the end, Saturn Return is a worldly and poetic meditation music with no need for lyrics to convey its message.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]

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