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Ambient fans must have had a shock when the needle dropped on Laraaji's Brian Eno-produced Day of Radiance, instead of the usual relaxing sounds came the echoing ricochets on the modified hammer dulcimer-like instrument that the musician plays. On this, Laraaji's 1987 album, he sounds more like Eno once they're apart. Essence/Universe is two side-long pieces that make up a whole, long, liquid passages of treated zither, sounding very close to Eno's On Land or Thursday Afternoon. The whole album glows orange and blue and makes for some pleasant background listening.