Rogério Baraquet is a musician but he is also a yoga teacher. It only makes sense that he named his latest album Yoga Waves. With that kind of name you might be expecting ethereal and serene sounds which are conducive to yoga as well as meditation. That is the case, although there is a lot of diversity amongst these twelve tracks. Suffice it to say there are a lot of tracks where dancing seems like the way to go.
The album starts with the atmospheric “Omkara” which is pure ambience. There is an airy cloud that is greeted with two separate vocals. The male voice does the classic sound you hear in yoga and meditation while the female voice has a little more variation. “Omkara” felt like more of an intro at under two minutes.
The album begins to pick up energy from percussive elements and the remaining tracks go from about four minutes to six minutes. “Mahabhadra” is the next track and although this track is tranquil and felt like a meditative space the beat gives it some traction. That being said, it is a slow burn that relies on the central drone as a center.
A song like “Jaya” really digs into rhythm and melody. There are multiple vocal lines along with a lot of elements that transition. The groove is there but still very mellow and dreamlike. I still felt like I was in a dream in “Gaja” which has some eastern instrumentation that seems to come from a wooden flute. There are faint vocals in the background as well as other elements feel ephemeral.
“Narayani” is a song where the vocal when is was sung felt like a lead focal point. One of the highlights was “Prachodayat” which actually felt a little darker and even menacing at points. As the album progresses I thought there were a couple songs that stuck out to me. “Brahmarupa,” “Dhana” and “Mangalam” were standouts.
This is a long album but it also felt seamless. I think these would be just about perfect for yoga. That being said you don’t need to have any sort of practice to enjoy what these songs offer.
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