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Mystic Pete

BassPop

Review by Gary Hill

There is a lot of electronic music in the mix here. This is unusual stuff, really. It is both artsy and yet mainstream in a lot of ways. It’s pop music for sure, but somehow challenging. Despite the contrasting things about this, it works really well.

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Track by Track Review
Halloween Nights [Shiva Shakti]

This is a very unique piece of music. It has familiar melodies. The female vocals bring a trippy kind of soaring quality. The music is somewhere between electronic and symphonic. It’s very artsy, yet also rather catchy in a strange way.

Bad Kill [Kali Murder Ballad]
Less strange, this is quite an accessible electronic number. The vocals are less trippy here and more direct. The music is more fully electronic, too. It has a bit of a “club” vibe, but is more creative and artistic than that might indicate.
Goodbye [Om Namah Shivaya]
Another that’s more mainstream electronic, I like the melodies on this. It’s also a catchy tune. I will say that it’s a little too processed for my tastes.
Name It [Sat Nam]
World music and some classical elements are added to the mix on this one. It’s another effective tune, really. It’s not a huge change, but it does have a bit more meat on its bones.
The Lovers [Hare Ram]

This does feel mystical in a lot of ways. It’s less purely electronic in tone than the rest. It has a real classic rock vibe in a lot of ways.

 
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