Mantra Girl is singer Erin Kamler, producer/composer Adam Smalley, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Powell.
Mantra Girl is singer Erin Kamler, producer/composer Adam Smalley, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Powell. The trio's music is as calming as it is energizing—quite like a yoga class, which is the very backbone of Mantra Girl's Truth. In the course of nine songs, Kamler, a Kundalini yoga instructor, performs Sanskrit-based mantras that begin and end many a yoga class. "Ra Ma Da Sa" is for healing, while "Gobinday" is purely celebratory. Those in need of increased creativity should spend time with "Wah Yantee." While chanting may not be everyone's cup of tea, Smalley and Powell smartly surround Kamler's mantras with arrangements that are decidedly pop yet bordering on dance/electronic. Members of the New York Philharmonic make their presence known on several tracks. Such cinematic flourishes are surely the result of Smalley's film score work (Adaptation, among others). Like Madonna's "Shanti/Ashtangi," Truth offers comfort.—MP