Some people will call this album "ethno-ambient", some will call it "dub", others will call it "Asian Underground" or "chill-out". But Makyo has moved beyond genres: you can hear the hypnotic bass of dub, the spacious drones of ambient, the pulsing percussion of India, the rippling synths of trance, and seductive Indo-Arab vocals, but the result is entirely new. Two years of production have resulted in a rich, dense sound, designed to hold up to repeated listenings, with new layers emerging over time.
While many electronic acts use sampling to simply dump any old sound over a 4/4 breakbeat, Makyo aims for an intricate, interwoven collage. Live instruments and vocals are fed into the sampler to be cut up, and arranged in radical new ways to create surreal soundscapes. The grooves of club music are present, but used for their hypnotic effects, and tied to rhythms played on warm Indian and Arab percussion.
"Yakshini" is an album about dreams, formed from dreams, and evoking dreams in the listener. It is about following music to move beyond the mind ----trance.
About the album:
"I spent two years making this, seeing how deep into the sound I could go. All I learned is that you can always go deeper." --Gio
"Yakshini' is a Hindi word for a beautiful but slightly dangerous female spirit who comes to you in dreams. The yakshini will attempt to seduce you, but if you succumb to her charms, you risk being lost in the dreamworld forever --she won't let you go. I tried to capture the feeling of the yakshini in this music: seductive, mysterious, and somewhere quite close but also so far away, caling you to that place."
Makyo is a unit centered on Tokyo-based producer/musician/dj Gio, and encompassing contributions from a wide variety of collaborators, from a local pool of talented Tokyo musicians to international artists like Natasha Atlas and Bill Laswell. Makyo's music can be heard in the chill-out rooms at "raves" all over the planet, from Yoyogi Park to Israeli beaches, from Moroccan mountains to UK clubs.
Makyo has released three albums so far: "rasa bhava", in 1996, on Silent Records and Entropica; "shringara", in 1999, on World Domination and a 2-cd version on Dakini; and "Vismaya", in 1999, on Dakini. Makyo has also appeared on numerous compilations, including mix cds by Alex Patterson (The Orb) and Youth (Dragonfly Records). A new track will appear on Talvin Singh's next "Anokha" compilation on Island Records later this year.
Artwork by Keiku
Mastered by Jean-Loup (Spectral@France)