In a Peruvian ayahuasca ceremony, your shaman drinks the hallucinogenic brew too, to guide you through the spirit world with medicine songs. The cool, clear and ultra-present voice of Sar Friedman has a similar sense of ushering.
Perhaps it’s because her mantra-like repetitions burrow into your consciousness, or because her inhalations on Meeting The White Spirit draw you into her body. On Friedman’s debut as Medicine Voice, she’s by your side on the journey this record invites you on.
“Off with your head,” she sings, quoting the Queen of Hearts. It’s more incitement than song, really, but to what? No matter: I’m in.