MP3 Padma - In Defence of the Wild
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10 MP3 Songs in this album (39:26) !
Related styles: Folk: Alternative Folk, Spiritual: Inspirational, Type: Political
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ABOUT THE ALBUM
In July 2010 Padma follows his widely acclaimed debut album Here, released on Just Music in 2008, with sophomore release, In Defence of the Wild.
Inspired by Thoreauâs Walden, Padma spent the winter of 2008/09 living totally off grid, in a yurt in the mountains of Spain. He kept a blog while he was there, which attracted widespread media attention and saw him interviewed on national radio shows in the UK (BBC Radio 2 and 3). Now living in a cohousing community in Vancouver, his current blog is regularly featured on The Independent (a national UK broadsheet)âs website.
In Defence of the Wild is a collection of songs inspired by Padmaâs time in the yurt. It smells of wood fires and tastes of freedom. If his first album drew comparisons with Nick Drake, the new one is lyrically closer to the mischievous political poetry of an early Bob Dylan. Sonically, Defence draws on a much wider field of influences than Here, while still playing to the natural strengths of his immaculate vocals and sensitive acoustic guitar work. Nick Drake is still in evidence, but this time we can also hear the upbeat skank of Manu Chau and even occasional hints of Sonic Youth can be heard.
With songs like âConsumers of the World, Unite!â, âRoute 666â and âThe Bloke Downstairsâ, Padma pulls no punches in his comments on contemporary culture. The intimacy and warmth that was characteristic of Here is still very much in evidence, albeit this time focused on issues around Padmaâs love of the wild places of the world, and his pain at the thought of their destruction.
Though dealing with difficult subject matter, Defence is neither a judgmental preach-fest, nor an angry political rant. It is an album filled with love, humour and melancholy (and yes okay, a little bit of anger too).
"Iâm speaking up for the wilderness, because it canât speak up for itself. But Iâm also advocating for that which in us â and in society â is still wild. Wild in the sense that it is untainted and untamed by the urbanisation which is sprawling across our world, suffocating our hearts, and causing so many problems for the planet.
"I like the word âwildâ because it represents a direct challenge to authority and control from outside. This has been a big part of the problem. Some people think of being âwildâ as being without concern or responsibility â like a spoilt celebrity teenager. But for me, wild suggests a natural and heartfelt morality based on true freedom, and a direct connection with both our own nature, and the Earth itself."
Although Padma only arrived in Vancouver in 2009, very quickly he has found himself at the heart of the Vancouver music scene. After seeing Padmaâs first Canadian show, Lauren Eldridge of Backstage Vancouver agreed to manage him. https://www.tradebit.come â winner of the Canadian Music Award for Best Emerging Singer-Songwriter â adds her honeyed tones to exert a considerable presence on the album. Other contributors include organist Andy Taylor from UK-based psych-frontiersmen The Dials, and Stefano Reali of Romeâs Happy Never After.
Padma was born in Sheffield, in the north of England. He likes to move around and currently lives between Vancouver Canada, the UK, and a yurt in the Spanish Pyrenees.
He has been a practising Buddhist for 15 years. In 2005, after surviving a near-fatal brain haemorrhage, he decided to leave the city in favour of a more natural environment. He built a yurt and headed for the mountains of Spain.
Padmaâs debut album Here was produced by Holy McGrail (synth and fx for Slomo, Julian Cope, Sunn0))) ). It was released on UK indie label Just Music in 2008. Here received some excellent reviews and Padma played sessions and was interviewed on BBC Radio 2 and 3, as well as touring the UK.
Song for an Entryphone, the second single from Here, was Julian Lennonâs Pick of the Week for Below Zero â a California radio station. It was also used in the soundtrack of the award-winning film Bigboy_74, which was shown on MTV.
In 2008/09, Padma spent his second winter in the yurt. Inspired by Thoreauâs Walden, he kept a weekly blog, sharing his experience of life on the mountain and his reflections on society. It was during this period that the songs for In Defence of the Wild were written or conceived.
Padma currently lives in a cohousing community in Vancouver.
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