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This album is one of Senmuth's weirdest works. He mixes female Indian folk chants, acoustic guitar passages, didgeridoo jams, spacey synthesizer experiments and intense electric guitar solos into one album. Just take a look on his stunning artwork here that represents this record in a perfect way.
The problem is that this doesn't always sound coherent at all. "Samarthye" is a very rhythm orientated, modern and danceable upbeat track that is followed by the chilling acoustic guitar interlude with the beautiful title "Rain Far From My Land". The weird "Cybershamanizm" mixed indeed traditional ritual didgeridoo vibes with a progressive orientated space atmosphere. As you can easily see, this album never gets boring and is maybe the most accessible and diversified instrumental record Senmuth has ever done in his career. This album could be a great start point to discover this unique one man project.
Even though there are slightly too many random changes, there are on the other side a couple of magic moments on this record as well. The two "Travel Dub" songs invite us to a calm and inspiring voyage of the grandest kind and make us discover exotic cultures in a musical way. Those two tracks could be the perfect background music to any documentary about India, Siam or Australia and incorporates the moods of those three different regions. Senmuth was once again very inspired and creative for this record and I would class this record amongst his highlights of the year.
Don't miss the chance to check this diversified and very cultural album out. Expect the unexpected and get well entertained for at least a good forty-five minutes if you can resist playing the whole unique record once again afterwards.
Before going into the music itself, I must make note of the particularly notable album artwork here. While Senmuth generally maintains quite a high quality of artwork for his many dozens of releases, I haven't seen one so far that screams 'epic' quite like this one. After all, how many times is someone going to see a man riding a cow through space in their lifetime?!
Visual aspect aside, 'Ra Dhi' is a pretty typical album for Senmuth at this stage of his music. To sum it up as simply as possible, it is an instrumental mixture of electronic, rock, industrial, and world music. While there is plenty of promise for such a unique combination, 'Ra Dhi' does not appear to completely realize the potential. While it certainly has more worth and success than some of the other things Senmuth has done in this style, the sense that the music here has been done and recycled by Senmuth many times before really detracts from what could have been a more engaging listen.
At it's core, the big issue here is not with the execution (as some might expect from a non- professional artist) but the composition itself. While Senmuth has learned to use the means at his disposal with great tact and proficiency, many of the tracks here on 'Ra Dhi' just don't feel like they go anywhere really profound. I always hoped that once Senmuth shed his 'industrial dance metal' style, compositions would get better, but it feels as if some much needed hooks and energy that were in some of the earlier metal releases aren't part of the mix anymore.
In terms of it's identity as a standalone album relative to the rest of Senmuth's work, I believe this is the first time Senmuth ever uses the didgeridoo (for those who don't know, an Austrailian aboriginal instrument) sound in his music, although he uses it too much where he happens to take it out, and it can get annoying at parts. The best music here is certainly where Senmuth takes a 'trance electronic' approach, as well as a laid back acoustic ditty called 'Rain Far Away From My Land,' which is simple and beautiful, and turns out to be the only track here that really works as a start-to-finish song.
'Ra Dhi' might be worth checking out for a few interesting tracks, and a generally well executed presentation, although the album appears to miss it's mark on the whole.There is evidence here that the man is indeed a very talented musician, but unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be enough attention to creating diverse, memorable and moving compositions to recommend it too much.