Have you heard of Santiparro? Check out the album cover… a little psychedelic right? Well, you would not be wrong in thinking this record might be a little trippy. Word has it that even the name Santiparro was born from psychedelic origins in the sacred desert where peyote originates. Obviously you can’t always judge a book by its cover, but you would be surely disappointed if the psychedelic theme of the cover was lost in the song… It’s not.
With musical roots grounded in Detroit’s indie scene, Santiparro picks the best bits of indie / psychedelia and injects it directly into the veins of folk. The result is True Prayer. A psychedelic folk musical experience Santiparro himself could only describe as his personal “spiritual awakening”.
The thing I love about this album is its sense of space and depth. It absorbs you entirely. It constantly takes you to a natural place. At times you can feel like you’re in the middle of a forest or around a campfire staring into the night. This affect could partly be due to the constant sounds of birds and wind chimes heard throughout the record, but it is also in its instrumentation. It is so elegant yet simple that you feel as if you could be playing a part in the music at any point in time, tripping out on peyote and clapping your hands around a fire.
If the aim here was to tell a story while fusing the genres of folk and psychedelia, I think True Prayer has done it perfectly. With such a great talent drawing the attention of collaborators like Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy) and Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio). I’m really surprised that this record hasn’t really seen all that much attention. In my opinion it’s 100% worth the listen and its up there with the best within the genre. Check it out for yourself.
How It Stacks Up
4 / 5 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ◊
The New Baktun
The Benefit of Confrontation – feat. Will Oldham