Feet In the Soil

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Drawing on inspiration from African drumming and Aboriginal chants, Asher has created a dynamic hybrid of danceable energies centered in the Earth.

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Drawing on inspiration from African drumming and Aboriginal chants, Asher has created a dynamic hybrid of danceable energies centered in the Earth. Feet in the Soil’s rhythms are bold and evocative, an exotic blend of traditional and world music influences. Guaranteed to get you up out of your seat!

Additional Information

Artist

James Asher

Total time:

64:30

Reviews

  1. DailyOM

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    “Here’s a man who “as the freaky cover of his album indicates˜has a dancing story to tell. Australia’s James Asher is best known for his mastery of the low, rumbling didgeridoo but for Feet in the Soil, he wants to groove you with an array of percussion, all of it rumbling deep down at the root chakras and gradually drumming its way up to your lotus crown. This is music for when you want to get deeply rooted, whatever, wherever. This is music for channeling sex, power, hatred, love, and whatever else is bothering you, transforming it all into pure energy and releasing it in the liberating trance of movement. Not everything you hear will be easy and light, but the dark clouds are no big deal if they’re just moving on through to funky bass, chilly synths, and an array of sinewy percussion. Abide and watch them pass. There’s even a narrative to go along with the instrumental dance journey. Asher titles songs after historical and mythic events in the colonization of Austral! ia and the disputes with English settlers and Aboriginals.
    Pemulwuy Returns” celebrates the hero Pemulwuy, “the Rainbow Warrior” who led Aborigine raids and rebellions against the invading British Army around the end of the 18th century. He was killed and his head was sent to Britain in a jar, but Asher brings him back with a cycling beat and irresistible repeating didge line. “Heathaze” starts on an intriguingly simple synth-bass riff, which gradually elaborates from funky to mad funky to incredibly funky to downright insane in its off-the-chain funkiness, all while maintaining a deep-rooted mystic connection “to the soil.” Even when alien squiggles of synthesizer are pluming up in all directions, Asher keeps his children safe˜you can still see the comforting shadows of your fellow dancers in the mist no matter how smoky things get. In between the more spirited numbers, Asher takes time to explore the terrain. Old holy men chant in the distance; faraway cries and flowing rivers, volcanic surrealism and bucolic greenery combine, en! twine, and then slither on their merry, endless ways.
    By the time you get down to “Return to Egypt,” Asher’s palette has expanded to include flutes, synthesized strings, orchestral crescendos, horns, and guitars. Evoking the magisterial courts and pyramids of Northern Africa, “Egypt‰ is a cool little hustle through the shifting sands of time, as is the whole album. You might be dancing in place in your living room, but Asher is showing you the world unfurling in front of, around, and behind you. The idea of standing still is just a gravitational illusion anyway; you’re really constantly spinning around one of many stars in an ever accelerating universe. By traveling backward the James Asher way, you just might learn to find real stillness within yourself and your relation to the funky spinning of our strange blue planet.”

  2. JMR

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    “With the drum as the albums continuous heartbeat, James Asher will inevitably have you up and dancing – or at the very least craving the movement his incredible ensemble of instruments and vocals bring to life. This eclectic combination of sounds will likewise put you in touch with nature, and mans place within it. Allowing the music to pick you up and carry you away, the drums suddenly transform to the soil beneath your dancing feet; the flute moves past you like the wind blowing through the desert and the didgeridoo like the a wild call from Gaia telling you to step harder and faster around the fire of life. Finally the vocals string together the living and non-living alike into a single entity. Explore the sounds of the earth and human soul to see how the two are inextricably linked, and how the beat of a drum and movement of the feet can draw them together.”

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