The Tree of Life – Psalm 23
TKX Vault tagged Psalm 23 as “torahvapour” on their Bandcamp page, which is an entirely accurate description for this dreampunk release. The album’s eponym is one of the most famous passages in Judeo-Christian texts, that which begins “The LORD is my shepherd, I shalt not want.”1 Likewise, the artist’s moniker The Tree of Life does not refer to the Buddhist concept of chakra or Ayurveda philosophy, but of Kaballah mysticism – which has its roots in certain Judaic sects.
Psalm 23 is an nearly twelve-minute long single track of psychedelic Middle Eastern ambiance – think Al Cisneros’ similarly-themed outfit Om, except without the heavy metal vibe. Unfortunately, it drones a bit too much for its own sake: despite being outwardly appealing, its delicacy meanders and has little emotional gravitas. The same vocal intonations drift in and out of the haze, and acoustic strums flutter about but never truly fly. Check it out if you’re already a fan of Middle Eastern-inflected music; the uninitiated will likely be bored.
1. Psalm 23 – (11:42)
1The line “I shalt not want” does not mean the flock does not desire a shepherd or that the shepherd is cruel: it means that the flock does not lack anything and they are taken care of. “Want” does not mean “want” in the transitive sense – e.g. to want something – but “want” as in “to retain the mood of desire.”