AUSTRALIA BEYOND THE DREAMTIME: DAVID ANTONY CLARK (CD)
Subtle chants, didgeridoo, and dramatic field recordings invoke the atmosphere of Australia’s ancient past.
The natural wonders and Aboriginal legends of Northern Australia are the inspiration behind this mystical album by New Zealand composer David Antony Clark.
Chants, nature sounds, and the ever-popular didgeridoo are woven through melodic themes and rhythms that capture the cadence of a walkabout. One cut that made me smile was ‘Frog Dancing’, with its cell-vibrating, three-dimensional croaks. Crocs and dingoes, brush fires and morning rains create wilderness environments amidst catchy light-ambient rhythms; rather like Deep Forest, outback. Just beyond the obvious, the ancestors beckon with echoing whistles and chants.
1 Song Of The Rainbow Serpent
3 The Night Hunters
4 Frog Dancing
5 The Morning The Rains Came
6 Red Eyes Along The Billabong
7 Bush Fire
8 No Footprints