Prana Crafter’s Beyond Beyond is Beyond debut is an electric woods walk. “Bodhi Cheetah’s Choice” rambles, soars and flows through a heavy fog of psychedelia. The music of Prana Crafter is most easily tagged “acid folk” but such a reduction misses the electronic and avant influences, the boggy atmospheres and synthesized meditations.
Like the forests that creator William Sol roams in rural Washington state, Prana Crafter’s music is both familiar and ever-changing. Without pledging devotion to any one, Sol invokes great spirits of the past with acoustic and electric guitars, synths, and hand drums. Not so much an album as it is a channeling, “Bodhi Cheetah’s Choice” needs to be heard by the third ear.
Fans of Six Organs of Admittance, Popol Vuh, John Fahey’s late-60s experimental side, and slightly melted third generation audience tapes of 72-74-era Dead will find their new favorite modern alchemist when they give “Bodhi Cheetah’s Choice” a spin.
– Jeff Conklin (WFMU)