A chanting force to be reckoned with, husky-voiced Dave Stringer fuses the essence of the east with the pop sensibilities of the west on this remastered rendition of his acclaimed E.P., BRINK. In addition to enhanced audio, Stringer increases the amount of cuts on the album by four, which means more hypnotic bliss, Sanskrit style. The album features a variety of supporting players including Greg Ellis and Azam Ali of Vas, Suzanne Teng and Hans Christian, each of whose exotic instrumentation provides a folk/jazz-friendly vibe with a devotional twist. Among the album’s achievements is “Sleep,” a song that sounds like an Asian spin on a Dave Matthews Band tune. An alternative is the beautifully acoustic “Ganashyama,” one of the album’s more traditional numbers.

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