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Atman – The Silent King

Primary URL: http://www.iamatman.com

Score: 5/5 Stars

Who doesn’t like smooth as silk Hip/Hop Rap. I’d bet all the hands go up in the air right away. I mean, while some might not be able to appreciate this intoxicating style of music your first choice, most people can’t deny getting into many top shelf urban-esque songs of the past and admit to really enjoying well written and performed music within the genre. Well, keeping all this in mind the latest release by Atman’s latest 16 Track release entitled The Silent King. Polish experimental ethno-folk collective Atman was formed in 1981 by multi-instrumentalists Marek Styczynski, Marek Leszczynski and Piotr Koelcki, who remained the core of the group throughout its lengthy existence; other regular collaborators included vocalist Anna Nacher and Tomek Gulinski, as well as bassist Thomasz Radziuk.

To say the least “The Silent King by Atman s an exceptional catalog of music that is very entertaining and soothing to the mind, body and soul. But it goes even further because I can also hear Chill/Dub and Urban Dance Pop. Just listen to marquee tracks like Try Again, I Want It, Slow, and my favorite song Killers Bring and you will see my perspective. I got hooked on Atman immediately after the first few songs – Try Again and I Want It. How would I describe Atman’s music? Atman re-defines Soul, Dance Pop, Rap with touches of modern avant garde Chill/Dub/Ambient Pop. Atman offers a fresh new sound capturing a unique menagerie of all the aforementioned styles with the intent of restoring roots into the modern day music scene. Intelligent lyrics and catchy grooves are the heart of his formula. The more I listen the more that is revealed. Atman brings danceable tunes, easy going but at times “heartfelt” balladry, and an element of dub-chill together sure to provoke a positive reaction from every listener and attendee. What’s more the production work and sampling touches deliver in spades – syncopated musical synergy. Kudos goes out to the amazing vocals, lyrics and musical flow via hand crafted harmonies by Atman. He adds a rich tonal verity to the catalog in fact it’s the strong point of the CD they way he comes across vocally. I call this Ambient Mood Music, Psychedelic Rap that is somewhat unpredictable but always passionate. Since we’re on the subject it lends sort of an electro rap style begging comparisons to Common, Joey Badass, Q-Tip, Mos Def and The Pharcyde. Despite this the Atman sound is challenging to categorize because he sounds like himself, he writes like himself. I could be wrong but the main focus of this CD could be a battle of good vs evil within his mind. Atman also manage to move between the mellower sounds and the more rocking ones all the while being undeniably Rap based.

All in all it’s a powerful combination that puts Atman on the map for 2014. He should go a long way towards proving that Avant Garde Rap is still alive and well – and more modern sounding than ever. Atman’s The Silent King a must have for just about any music fan. Get ready – it’s a wild ride that doesn’t try too hard to be what it really is.

Buy The Silent King: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-silent-king/id934152777

by Bethany Macklin