by Gaia Consort
Suddenly Naked Arts Collective
Gaia Consort is just cool. Let’s get that out of the way right now.
Secret Voices is also pretty cool. If the Eagles and the Indigo Girls suddenly found the Goddess and settled down for twenty years of inner peace and developing their sense of humor, you might get a CD like this. It’s crisp, it’s clean, it’s beautifully-performed — but don’t mistake it for fluff, or the serious points that Christopher Bingham, Sue Tinney, and the rest of Gaia Consort are trying to make might get overlooked.
The spooky intensity of “Secret Womb of Night” and “Blood” are not to be missed, and I think I’m adopting “Cry Freedom” and “Secret of the Rain” as personal anthems.
“Beltane Fires” is a brilliant, driving, passionate invocation of that holiday, and I’m using it in ritual next May. In short, there isn’t a bad track on this CD; even the slightly avant-garde sound montage “300 Channels of Static” has its moments, and some of them are darned funny.
In short, Gaia Consort’s Secret Voices is one of the best pieces of Pagan music I’ve heard in a long time, and I heartily recommend it. Ditch that worn out cassette of off-key pseudo-Native American chants; this is Pagan music for the new millennium.
RATING: 4½ Broomsticks
» Originally appeared in newWitch #02
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