Eraldo Bernocchi and Prakash Sontakke (LP, Rare Noise Records, February 2017)

We last encountered Eraldo Bernocchi in these pages collaborating with Harold Budd on the wonderful Music For Fragments From The Inside. Here he’s playing with Dr Prakash Sontakke, who I’m sure you already know is India’s and classical Hindustani music’s foremost exponent of the Hawaiian lap steel guitar. Sontakke seems to take the lion’s share of the lead duties, with Bernocchi providing backing with his baritone and electric guitars as well as his distinctive electronic beats and atmosphere. I have a feeling that admitting to a liking for this could blow what’s left of my credibility — Bernocchi’s style of electronica, in particular, is a little bit loungy and a little bit new-agey and a lot off-trend — but I think it’s a bit late to start worrying about that. It’s intricate without being at all showy, and somehow has a gentle warmth that I find spiritually uplifting.

I bought this from Boomkat. They call it Modern Classical / Ambient.

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