Album review: TURYA – Ocean

TURYA - Ocean

Turya Music [Release date 10.08.18]

The debut album from Nicki Wells, aka Turya, is a thing of fragile, delicate beauty.

Born and now settled in London, Turya takes her inspiration from Indian classical music, having grown from the age of 6 to 10 in the northern India Himalayan state of Himachal Pradesh where meditation was part of the curriculum.

Deriving her ‘stage’ name from Turya – a Sanskrit word meaning a state of pure consciousness – for the most part Ocean drifts in a sea ethereal ambience, meandering like a mountain brook inexorably making its way towards the ocean.

With all songs written and performed by Turya, with the exception of some guitar and Charango courtesy of producer Nitin Sawhney, the mood is punctuated only by the temperate indie folk ‘pop’ of ‘Cry Me Out’ and the achingly beautiful and accessible pairing of ‘Snow’ and ‘Nothing Fits’ – the former being a ‘shoe in’ for Sarah McLachlan at her peak.

Not an album you’ll likely want to listen to on your car stereo, but in life’s quieter moments (and preferably in a darkened room, sitting cross legged, with a joss stick lightly smouldering) Ocean must be a strong contender for ‘chill out’ album of 2018.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley

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