There are few musicians that we cover on this blog more adept at creating a sense of place than Mark Barrott. Ever since he moved to Ibiza, the records he’s put out feel like portals. Although most interestingly, not portals to an Ibiza that can be located, prosaically, among the Balearic Isles. But rather a possible Ibiza, a place perhaps imagined but never really there.
His island is a place where bodies and feelings and sounds and ideas drift in along the wind. Snatches of other, more distant places, caught whole but caught oh so briefly.
Music for Santoor, Nansuri, Tanpura y Sarod is a beautiful piece of Indian music from the Spanish island. A prolonged drone piece, improvised over two hours and edited down to six minutes, as if in an attempt to dislocate both time and space. Or perhaps to open up portals within the portal, collapsing segments of the world into each other.
Throughout you can hear, albeit distantly, the sound of the native birds.
This is the B-side to Mark Barrott’s sumptuous new 12″, The Pathways of our Lives. It’s out on his label, International Feel and you can get it right here (and at other good record shops that didn’t have their pre-order page up yet).