Desert Dwellers – Downtemple Dub Series

The Desert Dwellers are a collective of music producers spanning throughout the Southwest deserts from New Mexico to California; all sharing a passion for outdoor sonic explorations and the re-discovery of ritual beneath the vast desert skies.

Amani Friend, Treavor Moontribe, and Rara Avis all bring a lifetime of compositional and performance experience to their current collaboration together. Their music blends elements of ambient, downtempo, dub, breaks, tek-house, progressive, electro, and trance; while also incorporating traditional world music in a way that shows a deep respect for that which has come before us, and our understanding of where we are now.

These three musicians have trained in a diverse number of musical modalities from all over the globe, and are acutely aware of the great healing potential that music has to offer. It is their wish that you join them on a journey of self-discovery, and enter into a world of sound that comes from the vast expanses of inner space.

In the DownTemple Dub series, the three are joined by producer Craig Kohland (founder of the Shaman’s Dream Ensemble). The albums meld elements of downtempo and psy-chill with heavy basslines, otherworldly guitar and an exotic mix of organic instruments into an Indo-ambient mystical fusion.

Pulsing with lush rhythms and serene harmonies, the DownTemple Dub series is a sonic odyssey into the soul of the global heartbeat that blends the boundaries of rhythmic ambiance while incorporating such traditional instruments as subahar, tabla, udu, erhu, cello and voice with an perpetual emphasis on the space between the music, allowing for a non-intrusive soundscape to support rather than distract from the listener’s activity.

Desert Dwellers – DownTemple Dub: Waves; 2005

Desert Dwellers - DownTemple Dub - Waves

Desert Dwellers – DownTemple Dub: Flames; 2006

Desert Dwellers - DownTemple Dub - Flames

Desert Dwellers – DownTemple Dub: Roots; 2009

Desert Dwellers - DownTemple Dub - Roots

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