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Gnani

by Sis

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Russell Dixon
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Russell Dixon Unashamedly warm & giving, the comforting sounds offer succour which should be embraced, don't be embarrassed by balm offered.

Favorite track: Embodiment.
Fabio Viola
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Fabio Viola Wow!! I wrongly assumed Sis had disbanded with Native Cat Records but here they are (she is) again with an awesome EP/mini-album which doubles down on Gillespie's love for experimenting with 80s infused rnb/jazzy "pop". Echoes of Prince, Sade, and even Klaus Schulze! Truly stunning work. 'Embodiment' is a real gem but there isn't a single track that isn't awesome. Great songwriting and sublime vision. Favorite track: Embodiment.
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Head is in the clouds Mind forgets its fury And all the fires that burned it down Once a raw now distant memory Lay awake all night Thought of you inside me Til I was cleansed of my fright Of never knowing just what will it be It heals me To look out there We happen to happen There is no me A sun flare Caught in double rapture All the winter bloom Wants to come proclaim it That ordinary love is new If it can stand the voice saying I quit It heals me To look out there We happen to happen There is no me A sun flare Caught in double rapture
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Wooie 03:30
Let’s build a city Up in the sky not the earth It’s on the tip of my tongue Where the lightning plays with thunder And we become one Let’s draw it out All from the heart to the air Came on this trip to find life And the way to find life Is to know it stops midair
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Embodiment 05:56
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about

Sis is singer and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Gillespie Mason. Founder of Native Cat Recordings, which has turned out albums by Bay Area artists Luke Temple, Brijean, and John Vanderslice, Mason has turned once again to her own music with a new EP called Gnani.

Gnani (January 2022, Native Cat Recordings) arrives at the culmination of a lifelong journey of being a musician, working with collaborators near and far in studios across the country. Most of Gnani, however, was recorded at Mason's home studio in Berkeley, CA.

The true work behind Gnani was to seek a new wholeness through song. Inspired by the uncompromising spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane—the kind of music that seems to wordlessly get at a human life's divine strivings—Mason set to write a new work to reach that deeper place within herself and to heal. Not only to heal from the wreckage of the collective years 2020-21, but to join together the sometimes fragmented paths as mother, wife, artist, and individual.

Using vintage keyboards such as clavinet, Phillicordia, Rhodes, B3 Hammond organ, Farfisa, and ARP Odyssey, she sought to weave an intimate but vibrant sound that fuses private psychedelic journeys with the more joyful group-calls of electro-pop. Working in Ableton and tapping the endless sound vaults of Omnisphere, and drawing on her longtime admiration of Four Tet's synthesis of sampling, loops, and heart-centered compositions, furthered these new sonic explorations.

Bringing in the intuitive and fierce playing of Brijean Murphy (congas, bongos, percussion), and Doug Stuart on bass, brought Gnani to its fullest expression. Reading a quote by Nisargadatta Maharaj one day—"The gnani (the one who knows) does not die, because he was never born" —cinched the album title for Mason, who had been exploring this idea of a timeless nature within both the self and the flow state of creative process. With an intention to heal the listener—while healing herself through the creation of these songs—Sis offers you Gnani.

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released January 7, 2022

Gnani
Out January 7 2022 on Native Cat Recordings

Jenny Gillespie Mason: vocals, programming, Rhodes, ARP Odyssey, clavinet, B3 Hammond organ, Yamaha C3, Phillicordia, electric guitar, piano, Farfisa
Hamir Atwal: drums on "Light is There," percussion on "Wooie," "Embodiment"
Doug Stuart: bass, electric guitar on "Flower in Space," Rhodes, Roland Juno
Brijean Murphy: percussion, conga, bongos, gong, bells, water

Drums engineered by Jay Pellicci at New Improved Recording
Mixed by James Riotto
Mastered by Dave McNair

All songs by Jenny Gillespie Mason
Copyright 2021/ASCAP/Native Cat Recordings


Art by Tyler Spangler

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