Critical Dharma for Thinking Minds
Dhani Harrison: In/Parallel Harrison’s album, released in 2017, is a bold and complex form of psychedelia. A tribute to his father, George Harrison’s 60s psychedelic style, Dhani blended psyche with EDM, new classical, goth and world music. Where many psychedelic artists are regurgitating styles from the past, Harrison is producing a futuristic psychedelia, showing its amazing potential.
And thank god for that. Rock music was nearly extinct—not just dead, but like, never coming back. Until the return of psychedelia.
I’m deeply inspired by this album: the complex, multi-layered compositions, the range of styles and instruments, the awe-inspiring drum programming, the sensitive vocals.
However, I wouldn’t say it was perfect. Some of the compositions are a bit chaotic. There are places where Dhani could have made stronger editing choices. He could have differentiated each composition from the others more sharply.
However, the album’s stronger qualities are that he was willing to take incredible risks blending styles, drums, synths, and vocals with granular and textured sounds and samples.
Dhani says that he probably won’t produce an album like this again. That would be too bad, because if this album portends anything, it is the potential for even more interesting music in the future.
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