Swedish outfit Ìxtahuele arrange and perform a version of ‘Dharmaland’, an almost mythical masterwork that hippie composer Eden Ahbez first put together in the early Sixties but never recorded. It underlines Ahbez’s reputation of having been a pioneer of psychedelia and general musical esoterica way ahead of his time.
Dharmaland, like Eden’s Island, is a musically-cohesive work that is rooted in exotica, with themes and melodies modulating and repeating throughout the suite. “It is to Eden Ahbez what Smile was to Brian Wilson,” says music historian Domenic Priore. Yet it is also a deeply spiritual and sincere work; one which builds on the complexity of melody and emotion in Ahbez’s work up to that point. Ixtahuele took these songs to another level with their technical proficiency and wonderfully creative arrangements. I think you’ll agree (when you finally get to hear it) that it is both classic Eden Ahbez and totally modern in feel.