Kitaro, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 3

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Legendary New Age/ambient producer Kitaro never had much formal training. In an interview he once said that he didn't write songs, claiming that "It is from heaven, going through my body and out my fingers through composing." Heady stuff, but it's a sentiment completely in line with the ethereal and spiritual music that he composes. The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 3 is the latest in a unique series by the producer; he's been aurally tracing the titular path of Japanese monk Ku-Kai by recording temple bells from the island of Shikoku. Kitaro melds these recordings seamlessly into his compositions, rarely bringing them to the forefront of the mix. But, as you'll quickly hear, they're always there (even when they're not audibly present, you'll find yourself imagining them in your mind), lighting the way ahead for serious adventurers seeking a little bit of enlightenment — musical or otherwise.