Moksha – The Path to Inner Peace, Rajendra Teredesai’s latest effort, places listeners in a timeless position. The album has Teredesai place his own spirit on Indian ragas; the atmosphere that is established over the nearly-fifty minutes of the album is impressive.
“Yoga Uday (Dawn Ritual)” does a great job in showcasing the earliest moments of the new work day, eliciting hints of human activity while most of the world is still asleep. While some of the later efforts having a calming effect, I contend that Teredesai’s “Yoga Uday” is something that will inspire and invigorate.
“Yoga Prabhat (Morning Ritual)” takes listeners on a ten-plus minute journey that has two distinct threads. The flute flitters at the top of the track while there is a lower, deeper element that provides the backdrop upon which the soulful arrangements can shine.
“Yoga Nyas (Noon Ritual)” has the flutes take on a more nature-based sound; one can close their eyes and imagine a bird or the outdoors when they focus on the arrangements that are played by Teredesai.
“Yoga Sandhya (Sunset Ritual)” and “Yoga Nidra (Night Ritual)” present the last third of Moksha and connect in a fashion that is unparalleled on the album. Where there were bold and energizing steps taken with the introductory tracks on Moksha, there seems to be a winding down and more contemplative side to the recording that listeners will experience as the album spins to a close. Few albums are able to have an effect on listeners, but Moksha is the perfect release to allow listeners to step back and contemplate the events of everyday life. Teredesai has created a release that has considerable replay value.
Top Tracks: “Yoga Prabhat (Morning Ritual),” “Yoga Uday (Dawn Ritual)”