The mysterious afro-soul of theShaolin Afronautsfirst echoed across the dancefloors of Australia in early 2008, captivating audiences with a highly evolved and unique approach to avant-garde soul music matched with an improvisational pedigree that immediately set them apart from their peers. In the almostfifteen years since the ensemble's debut they have released three albums on Freestyle Records and toured across Australia and around the world.
After an extended hiatus punctuated by rare live performances, The Shaolin Afronauts return with'The Fundamental Nature of Being', an epicfive album release that expands the sonic vision of the ensemble to towering new heights of burning afro-funk alongside esoteric and ethereal new sonic excursions. This expanded musical journey further explores the wide spectrum of the band's musical identity – with each of thefive parts designed as both standalone records, while also offering a singular listening journey across the band's expansive musical world.
The 5-part project was recorded over just five days, drawing upon the band's rich influence of 1970s West, East and South African music, jazz, psych-rock & soul, while also exploring the transatlantic sonic intersection between the 1960s electronic avant-garde & spiritual jazz. Free and partially directed improvisation remains a central component of the compositions, with the musical works acting as frameworks for a collective musical enterprise that has developed over the ensemble's nearfifteen years together.
1A1 Broken Flowers 7:16
1A2 Abyssinian Suite Part 4 4:52
1A3 Dust 7:13
1B1 Valley Of The Crucible 8:04
1B2 Shakedown 4:35
1B3 Sands Of Time 7:20
2A1 The Simien Fox 5:39
2A2 High Noises 5:18
2A3 Inside The Flame Burns Brightly Still 8:16
2B1 Salt Flat Muscle 5:36
2B2 Sugar John 5:27
2B3 Hall Of Bright Carvings 8:25
3A1 M....... więcej