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Shanti Project Collection 3

The San Francisco based Shanti Project, to quote from the sleeve of this excellent compilation, "provides education, practical assistance, and emotional support to people in need." This involves various kinds of physical and mental support for people living with serious illnesses such as AIDS and cancer.

Part of the proceeds from this compilation will go to the Shanti Project, so there's a noble enough reason to get a copy, but what about the music? Cause-based compilations are often notoriously uneven affairs, with a wide artist base ensuring not only something for everyone, but something to rub everyone up the wrong way.

Firstly, this collection narrows the field of contributors down to a manageable five, each providing two tracks. Secondly, the contributors themselves preserve a clear distance between the music and their egos. All the bands featured here are to some degree perceived as left-field, with their various group identities subservient to the music they produce. Six of the 10 tracks here are instrumentals, further distancing the music from conventional notions of "pop" personality. The collection is, then, curiously anonymous, but in a good way. And even though the sequence of tracks is varied — appearing less generic than on the two previous Shanti compilations — the compilation works best as something to be taken as a whole.

Interestingly for a benefit album, and in keeping with the pattern established by earlier Shanti collections, the mood here isn't overly bright. Instead the feeling is more mournful, elegiac. The Black Heart Procession's "Exit Out" leads off with a dark, stately elegance, setting the tone for a kind of sad but triumphant twilit gloom. The second Black Heart Procession track, "Sort It Up‚" is a shuffling, wheezing rhythm, a dubwise carnival waltz of clattering percussion. Califone's take on Americana is equally skewed but less cinematic. "Michigan Girls" sounds like Astral Weeks abstracted, its impressionistic song-craft a blurry flow of drawled, murmured lyrics backed by rustic post-rock. "Cluck Old Hen" is hypnotically skitterish, a loose, fluttering campfire ghost-dance, its rootsy fiddle and percussive jauntiness offset by an otherworldly air.

Arab Strap's dour narratives can test the patience when stretched over an entire album, but here Aidan Moffat's voice provides a confessional intimacy that fits the album's context. "We Know Where You Live" has a swirling rhythmic pull and dense guitar flurries over which Moffat purrs with a deadpan malevolence. "Devil Tips" substitutes melancholy for menace, with Moffat singing rather than narrating, in a lethargic croak.

If Arab Strap's contributions are the gloomiest things here, Kinski's are the nearest to rock 'n' roll. Also a band whose longueurs are only too apparent over an album's length, here they provide a dynamic contrast to the more contemplative efforts. "Semaphore" is a cracking piece of muscular, motorik rock, growing from oscillating electronica into crunching guitar chords. "Schedule for Using Pillows and Bean Bags" is a longer, textural piece of reverberating guitar and Neu!-style propulsion.

Perhaps most distinctively, Icelandic phenomenon Sigur Rós provide an epic, quasi-devotional display with spectral choirboy vocals and deep volleys of bowed guitar on "Bíum Bíum Bambaló" and some impressive if atypical Prog bombast on the organ-dominated "Dánarfregnir Og Jaroarfarir." At its best, Sigur Rós' music evokes a kind of elegant sadness, a desolate beauty, perfectly apposite for this compilation.

The artists' contributions are split up and spread out over the album so that they play alongside contrasting tracks, varying the texture while maintaining a consistently engaging tone. Including some tracks recorded exclusively for this album, or unavailable elsewhere, this is fine collection of varied but thematically sympathetic songs and instrumental pieces that stands on its own merits.

by Tom Ridge

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