While listened to “Jessica” by the Allman Brothers, we wondered whether instrumentals (other than Post Rock) don’t live up to the standards of the 1970s, or whether we just aren’t as interested in vocals-free tracks. About a week later, we were introduced to “Sigiriya” by Little Priest. Yes, we are still interested in instrumentals.
"Sigiriya" begins as if best suited as a soundtrack for a science fiction movie, perhaps while the opening credits are presented during a spacewalk. The notes are likely generated using the far right end of a piano keyboard, with reverberation, but the start of “Sigiriya” creates the illusion of the beginning drops of a gentle rain falling onto a chromatically pitched Caribbean steelpan.
Soon, the picking begins, and the soundtrack moves from “2001 Space Odyssey” to “Easy Rider,” since it carries a feel of open-air, steady-paced travel along a country road. There is an ease and a peace to the track, despite its Blues roots.
Little Priest is the moniker of Swedish singer/songwriter Andreas Berglund. His musical influences include Blues legends Son House and Junior Kimbrough, causing Berglund to focus on alternate guitar tunings and the use of bottleneck slides. In 2016 he started to record songs in his home studio, adding drums, keys and bass. He recently released the album “Stone Mountains,” which is embedded in full at the bottom of this post.
Andreas Berglund was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. He is now a full-time social worker in the field of drug addiction and homelessness.
“Sigiriya” by Little Priest
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