Sheila Chandra is the voice of Indipop, and that voice is one of the most remarkable instruments in world music.
Sheila Chandra is the voice of Indipop, and that voice is one of the most remarkable instruments in world music. This 12-song retrospective comprises tracks drawn from six albums released between 1984 and 2001. Chandra actually charted a hit single in the U.K. with the group Monsoon in the early-'80s, but she quickly moved away from commercial pop music in favor of a much more avant contemplation of Indian vocalese tradition, drone, and trance. Words and music were replaced by voice and music. Chandra blossomed in a bold fusion style that relied on electronica, an array of acoustic instruments, and her vocal instrument, touching everything from chants to raga to tone poems. This compilation captures the extraordinary beauty and challenging eccentricity of Chandra's distinctive, mesmerizing musical vision.—PVV