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Outlaw Dervish

by Outlaw Dervish

A sultry, gritty and sensual vortex of Mystic Groove 'Didj Hop', featuring Didjeridu and Spoken Word forays in a melodious, genre-bending mix of Chill Out Music and Trippy Beats.
Genre: Electronic: Trip Hop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All Over
4:35 $0.99
2. Loopophonic
5:59 $0.99
3. Never Always
5:10 $0.99
4. We Need Each Other
4:20 $0.99
5. No Illusions
4:59 $0.99
6. Be Dirty
4:35 $0.99
7. Serpent's Kiss
6:10 $0.99
8. Shaken
6:20 $0.99
9. Tongues
5:22 $0.99
10. Drift
5:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
'Outlaw Dervish' is the latest Trip Hop and World Beat CD from Didjerdiuist/Poet Travis Wernet and Producer/Musician Ben Leinbach.

Cyber Didg, aka Gerry Priddle of DidgHeadRadio calls it,

"the best CD we have received in a very long time...
so much so that we did a 'special' programme which attracted almost our bandwidth limit for listeners throughout the world."

Travis has been playing didjeridu for 11 years and performs in a variety of groups. He currently fronts the band project also known as 'Outlaw Dervish' and performs his own original Spoken Word Poetry with musical accompaniment. One such event gathered the group "Darkshine" for an evening of sacred music in the popular and highly coveted musical venue, Grace Cathedral (April 2007). Travis has also appeared with his band at several festival events in San Francisco, California and beyond, including Sea of Dreams, Harmony, Spectra Ball and Howeird.

Ben is a long-time Producer, Percussionist and Multi-Instrumentalist who has worked extensively with Jai Uttal both on studio recordings and in Live settings. He won the "New Age Reporter Lifestyle Award" for his solo offering, "the Spirit of Yoga" and has garnered extensive and highly regarded credits working with various musicians in the Sacred Music genre.

On this disc the team chose to go for a decidedly different flavor which started to emerge during the "Lanterns of Midnight" sessions. On this new collection of songs, Travis and Ben unleash a sparkling, groove-oriented trek into Trip Hop, Down Tempo and World Beat territory. The duo draw upon and express some of their favorite musical backgrounds and training to serve up a dish of earthy yet spacey, gritty yet beguiling, celebratory and sensuous songs. Several personalities come through on these tracks and overall there is a wonderfully playful yet reflective character present on the album.

This CD is a delight for several reasons, including that it ranges into various elements while keeping to a solid center of smooth gravity. Some definite cross-over is happening with at least a few of the songs , including "We Need Each Other" ( a Tom Waits/Leonard Cohen-like sing-song 'swing' track embedded in a World Fusion atmosphere) and "No Illusions" ( which blends elements of Tribal Dance Music and features a Sanskrit Mantra Chant amidst a Rock-n-Roll flare). On "Never Always" Travis dives into a laid-back Hip Hop vocal to deliver a philosophical/mystical rant that is , nonetheless , couched in the 'nuts and bolts' of everyday life. A strong mix of instrumentals and flat-out groove tracks allow the listener to enter a chilled domain where everything from a haunting female vocal to a driving male throat-singer provide the lush back-drop for a highly engaging and satisfying listening experience. The didjeridu is played here as a definite, strong accompaniment and can also be heard taking the lead. There is a ground-breaking feel to the way the instrument is being featured on this recording , and recalls other artists like Yothu Yindi (in the fusion of World-Rock layers), Ganga Giri (in the elements of Broken-Beats and Dub) and Didjworks (in the Groove and Down Tempo veins).

Upon completion of the recording and mastering process (in February 2008), Travis printed up 40 copies as an 'Australian Special Edition'. He then traveled to 'the Land Down Under' to promote the tunes as well as busk on the streets of Australia from Sydney to Darwin and study in Arnhem Land with the originators of the didjeridu (or as they call it 'yidaki') and returned after a five week journey to report that every copy had sold! He also happily reports that "Outlaw Dervish" appealed to a bevy of excited new fans, including folks from Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, England, Canada and France.

Enjoy! Lanterns Music (Independent)



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Teofilo Paulissen-Dougan

Trip Hop At its best.
I first heard the track "we need each other" on an independent radio station. I felt I was hearing something quite different from any other trip hop track I have heard.

Overall, this album is well crafted. First it draws in a number of influences in making up the album; Rock, Spokenword,and Pop. Underneath these influences, the artist infuses primitive intruments such as the didjeridu in addition to tribal chants on most of the tracks.

I find this album emotionally satisfying and somewhat uplifting. I would recomend this album to anyone who likes to hear music that is different from the mainstream.