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Berlin via Brooklyn experimental imprint Root Strata is back with a brilliant debut by Portland, OR based trio Matt Carlson, Michael Sterling and Doug Theriault. Supposedly "derived from live improvisational performances" there's some truly gorgeous and entrancing drones which delve deep into the exotic on "Misha Bhairavi", transporting you deep into the unchartered territories of the east. The spiritual enlightenment continues on the transcendental glory of "Clouds Into Mindnight" complete with evolving pads, synth chime melodies scattered about the place and a life affirming mantra which carries away over the top. Fun fact: Sterling is a disciple of late Hindustani Master Pandit Pran Nath and a student of the great Terry Riley!