Based on the mesmerizing trance inducing dances of the Sufis, the minimalist soundscapes of Space Hotel are intended to seduce the listener’s attention rather than overpower it.
Al Gromer Khan
Gianluigi Gasparetti, Deep Listenings Magazine – April 2, 2013:
“The most varied and contimplative music of Al Gromer Khan can be found in ‘Space Hotel,’ the purest distillation of forbidden visions, illusions, and dreams. This is music created with the help of the night and of some good-willed spirit in that space hotel, so unrechable and magical. In the dark, Al’s sitar embroiders on a bewiched background of ethereal, impalpable synthesizers, which almost seem insignificant, but are incredably powerful with their drones, their designs and breathings. Velvety percussion, ephemeral voices, and delecate movements by a viola da gamba fill the stage and complete the spell. There is not a single lapse, nor the slightest hesitation or gap, in the weft of sound, which flows throughout all eight tracks like a tale from the ‘Thousand and One Noghts.’ The German sitar performer has surely succeeded in bringing us closer than ever to the infinate, to lapping up the borders of the divine, to flying on the dreams of all men. ‘Space Hotel’ is, like the earlier ‘Monsoon Point,’ a recording not to be missed, one that confirms the state of grace of one of the most profound artists of our time.”