(180 gr) Mark Barrott steps away from the Balearic sound he’s become synonymous with to take a journey back to the territory he first explored with Bepu N’Gali. The Pathways Of Our Lives is a joyous, life affirming piece of 70’s Afro Soul with amodern twist, continuing Barrott’s love affair with African Polyrhythms and 70’s Philly Strings.
It’s also the first time since 2014’s aforementioned Bepu N’Gali release that he has worked with a full band and sees The Grünewald Quartet return to string duties after collaborating on Barrott’s Sketches from an Island 2 album last year.
The Bside, Music for Santoor, Bansuri, Tanpura y Sarod is another track recorded live during one of his spring meditation sessions in Northern Ibiza, with India’s Vishnu Quartet performing a 2 hour piece with Barrott directing and later editing it down into the form you hear today.
After a busy and productive first half of 2017 in which Barrott released his Music for Presence EP and two Talamanca System releases, this summer sees Mark Barrott step into high gear with his work at La Torre in Ibiza, where he is sunset resident and has compiled the second edition of their compilation
series (last year’s debut charting high in best mixes of the year by Resident Advisor).
Pathways invites the listener inside Barrott’s mystical world, where stillness and meditation are the foundations, non-attachment and non-judgement are the windows, and through the music he mindfully sketches a vista into the next chapter in his career.
Pitchfork calls International Feel’s «Pathways Of Our Lives» incredible. Hell of a track.