"Travel the world in music!" the press release cries.
This collection contains elements from many musical cultures,
but you'll be staying largely in high-tech studios on this journey.
This is music that is built, rather than played. Though inspired
by everything from "the sounds of children, birds, and mopeds
in Sri Lanka" to "a wedding choir recorded in the Ivory
Coast," these slickly produced ambient and techno soundscapes
are have strayed pretty far from their roots. So far, in fact,
that none of the "ethnic" artists are named, and the
flamenco-flavored "Cuban Rodeo" sounds like it belongs
in Spain instead of the Caribbean. Steer clear if you're an ethnomusicologist.
Still, while this may not be a great standalone soundtrack, the
music is quite listenable. I particularly enjoyed "Hamar
Girl" and "Yap Day Chant," built around children's