How long does it take two people to meet and merge together into a musical symbiosis?
In the case of Sarah King and Laurent Danis (the French artist was in the first cries of Sounds Behind the corner with many enchanting albums featured). It took only five minutes on the lonely and rocky top of Mount Arunachala, a meeting place in hot Tamil Nadu for thinkers and hermits migrating from northern India. A place where Siva, the god of art, the cosmic dancer grants mystical favors, his dance a Vedic form of storytelling.
The ideal place to get two Europeans in search of inspiration, to combine a future synergy elective reality today in the nine songs on « Who I Am », the meeting between the guitar by Laurent Danis, his beautiful, soft, relaxing guitar and vocals, and the lyrics and soul of Sarah King, a fine songwriter, engaged in offering ethereal folk bordering on jazz.
Nine tracks fed by the sun and the rain, melancholic and joyful introspective lyrics, the beautiful voice of Sarah King goes well with the gentle picking of Laurent Danis, long arrangements for sound living ‘on the road’ but this time the roads are not the typical ‘route’ of the United States, this folk duo grows on the dusty dirt roads and trails of southern India. The insights of short poems become one with those who have lived away from their origins and ironically those same origins become a new journey to rediscover the charm of a pure sweetness conquered in « Soldier Boy, » « Prayer, » « Rise In Love », small minimalist pearls, in some ways similar to some ballads of Norah Jones. Indeed Norah Jones also has her roots in India, her father, the sitar player Ravi Shankar. The sub-continent is a confirmed source of inspiration and exchange between cultures, for all those who seek individuality, find, change.
« Who I Am » is a meeting on the world map, close to the hearts of those who travel through the notes, I close my eyes and open things hidden in the mind and see everything, perceiving life in its purity.