Yorkston / Thorne / Khan - Navarasa: Nine Emotions - Domino
Every so often a record is released that stops you in your tracks - so here's hoping you don't give this one a play while operating heavy machinery or driving. James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan once again join forces for a third multi-instrumental, trans-continental and cross-linguistic thing of extraordinary beauty.
Based on the Indian artistic principle of 'Navarasa' (not just a clever title, then), the trio present nine core emotions that govern artistic output - love, laughter, anger, sorrow, disgust, horror, courage and wonder. Mastering tools ranging from guitar to sarangi and nyckelharpa, it's a tender, hypnotic, heartfelt outing with extraordinarily evocative power within its predominantly gentile acoustic form. Melding Scottish folk, thumri (light classical from the subcontinent), jazz and blues, you're unlikely to encounter much like this for some time to come.