The Scottish musical visionary Sushil K. Dade
leads his group Future Pilot A.K.A.
through diverse territories, ranging from Warp-style electronica to folk-inflected pop, and the composer has employed in his ranks Belle & Sebastian
, the Delgados
, Teenage Fanclub
, and the Pastels
as collaborators. On this album for Geographic, he recruits this cast of friends on a celebration of his Indian heritage, and an outstandingly psychedelic treatment is given to a list of favored traditional chants, spirituals, and ragas. Recalling in part the Eastern infatuations of George Harrison
and especially the Byrds
, Tiny Waves, Mighty Sea
goes off on some spectacular tangents; "Darshan" and "Opel Waters" are standouts with exceptional improvisational passages. "Ananda Is the Ocean" features vocals by Stuart Murdoch
with a chorus featuring Katrina Mitchell
and Isobel Campbell
, who create stunning polyphonics. Throughout, Future Pilot A.K.A.
provides a musical backing of high invention and intrigue that deploys equal measures of electronics and band instrumentation.