Maria Chavez – ASLEEP​/​AWAKE​/​EKAWA​/​PEELSA, Spring 2021 (Bandcamp, digital)

In recent years, the meditation practice of so-called sound baths has experienced a hype. With »Namora,« the sound therapist and meditation teacher Sara Auster presented the first sound bath on vinyl and of course this was happily picked up by the turntablist Maria Chavez. For »ASLEEP/AWAKE/EKAWA/PEELSA, Spring 2021,« the New York-based artist worked with four copies on four turntables, each equipped with the RAKE Double Need. The result is indeed anything but a nerve-soothing meditation on the possibilities of sound to invoke states of trance.