Fans of alt rock icons like Shawn Colvin and the Cowboy Junkies and kirtan artists like Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band will adore LOVOLUTION, the debut album by Katie Wise & Bhakti Explosion.
Produced by Ben Leinbach and featuring guest vocals by Jai Uttal, LOVOLUTION is a tug-at-your-heartstrings mantra-rock opus featuring prayerful lullabies and deep bass rock tunes that slowly build into ecstatic, dance-your-heart-out kirtans. The Sanskrit and Gurmukhi mantras on the album’s eight tracks come from ancient India and are designed to help you open your heart, release fear, and heal.
LOVOLUTION features three mantra-and-pop-music mashups that make mantra music more accessible to listeners who are new to yoga and meditaiton. “Hallelujah / Ram Ma Da Sa” blends a Leonard Cohen-inspired cover of “Hallelujah” with a healing mantra taught by the late Yogi Bhajan. “Lokha Love” blends the band’s cover of David Crosby’s 1971 tune “Music Is Love” with two peace mantras. And “Mystic Krishna” is a heart-opening blend of Van Morrison’s 1970 hit, “Into the Mystic” and three ancient mantras.
Meanwhile, the sounds of Shawn Colvin and the Cowboy Junkies inhabit “Jai Ganesha Om,” which has a laid-back, lonely desert feel. And the moody tune “Om Mata Kali” features Wise singing a mantra to the powerful mother-goddess Kali, with Jai Uttal’s haunting, classical Indian vocals soaring above them. On every track, Wise’s soulful, earthy voice embodies vulnerability in a way that turns emotion into art.
LOVOLUTION is certain to position Katie Wise & Bhakti Explosion as devotional pioneers in modern mantra music; their music can heal and inspire the world.