SINGLE REVIEW: After The Crash by Al Gromer Khan

Munich, Germany – August 30, 2017 – German-born but with a universal sound, Al Gromer Khan started his career as a sitar player and composer over four decades ago. Today he sits proudly on over 50 recordings, a handful of books, and his latest best-selling album release 2016’s Chakra Noir and the 2017 single release “After the Crash.” Chakra Noir is the latest representative work in his ambient meets new age repertoire. It joins a myriad of sound that Al Gromer Khan has created over the years from 1974’s Hesse Between Music to last year’s Chakra Noir. It is safe to say he has achieved all of that and then some.

“A Simple World With Flowers” leads off this new age album with the softness that Al Gromer Khan brings to everything he touches. That is just some of the magic of it if you’re inclined to partake. If so you will agree that it’s most laid back and relaxing. If you don’t listen to any new age you’ll still be moved if you take the time. I’m not saying it will convert anyone, but it can’t be argued much, if any, by lovers of this form. It’s not going to change your world or anything, but you’ll come away with no complaints if you make it past this first song. You’ll be satisfied in no time flat. Because “Degrees Of Tenderness” is an epic shower of delight to wash the ears away. It’s just the ticket for any quiet occasion. The sitar lines in this track make the album what it is in every way. You can hear the breeze in the background and you’re moved by the whole production. It’s hard to say after just the second song, but it winds up taking the prize for the best track if you’re into the art side of things. His playing is marvelous and it’s a spiritually uplifting track that if you don’t know Al Gromer Khan, you’ll wonder where he’s been hiding, or where you have all these years. It’s that remarkably tasty.

“Shedding Light” takes an interesting step beyond the previous two cuts, and it’s another amazing thing of beauty. It’s easy to get sucked into this music once you take the plunge. But if you’re expecting buckets of energy you’re not looking in the right place for new age, it’s music of anticipation that draws you in very easily if that is what you’re looking for, and does just the opposite if you’re not. This is for the hot springs and mineral baths of the European and Asian variety, but that also translates to the hot tubs and spas of the world as well. Music to also meditate to. But new age enthusiasts already know that, it’s just that everyone should, or they won’t know what hits them when the pain goes away from the soothing soundscapes of the title track “Chakra Noir.” It’s like a group meditation session that instructs your soul. I don’t know anything about metaphysics and all that, but it seems to fit that subject well, and leaves it up to those who practice it. But there’s something here for everyone who likes mellow music too. “Tan & Maroon” is worth checking out as well, for its amazing sitar work, and “Rose Of All My Days” is another sweet moment, as is the album closer “Into The Blue” which takes it out with a spine chilling finale.


by Kevin Webber

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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