Waking the Dreaming Body

Karima Walker - Waking the Dreaming Body
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Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #76 / 332
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She shifts between intimate personal reflections and extensive ambient meditations with the elegance of tides swelling and settling. The guiding lights in the sky above her are the likes of Cat Power, Grouper, and Stars of the Lid, but this album is all about Walker’s own quiet exposure of her soul to the natural world.
Here are intricate songs born in the actuality of debt, depression and climate change, that then take off into vast immersive drone-spaces of comfort and release.
God Is in the TV

‘Waking The Dreaming Body’, the song remains a brave reawakening from a life temporarily placed on hold and affirms Waking The Dreaming Body, the album, as a record for our times.

Artful, delicate, and mesmerizing throughout, the album's subtle, gradual suspense may find some straining not to miss a moment.
Record Collector

Waking The Dreaming Body splices roots-Americana reveries to untethered sound art, merging depth and surface detail in tender harmony.

Loud and Quiet
Each song oscillates between rich, ambient textures and melancholy poetry, ebbing and flowing between moments of stark lucidity and blissful ethereal haze.
I thought the ambient moments were lovely but considering how I enjoyed the more vocal portion of the album, I thought they went on for so long. I'm saying this even as a huge ambient listener. The album title is also definitely fitting because of how spiritual this album can be.
Nice blend of folk and ambient. The vocals, particularly in the first few tracks are really striking. I wish the vocals returned more towards the end of the record as it seems to just dissolve into a meandering ambient space. The album is a great guide into a nap or meditation.
This album is a living and breathing entity. It’s truly beautiful. It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling through it’s lovely spaciousness. It’s so mysterious and intriguing, the more you open up to it, the more it reveals. Unfortunately, the balance of ambient tracks and sung tracks isn’t quite right in the second half of the album.
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Added on: January 13, 2021