Spirit in the Water (2009)

by Leni Stern

Singer/guitarist Leni Stern wraps her arms around a global sound on her striking new EP, ‘Sprit In the Water’. Fueled by recent journeys to India, Mali, Madagascar and elsewhere, Stern has delivered an intense collection of songs that combine South Indian Ragas (sung in the local dialect of Tamil) with haunting tales of African sorcerers, sung in Wollof, the language of Senegal, and more. Recording on analog tape, Stern creates a warm, soulful sound for the EP, recalling jazz and rock albums of the 1960’s.