The chances are you won’t have come across Dave Barker‘s Asana project before, but if you like gentle, dramatic, instrumental electronic music, it has plenty to offer.
His creative peak was probably with 1997’s Trikuti, his second album, which was produced by Andy Pickford.
Where to start
Definitely grab a copy of Trikuti, which is brilliant, either in its original form or the new remaster, which can be purchased directly from the Asana website
What to buy
If you can find Live at Jodrell Bank, that’s also worth having. Then there are two Cerulean albums from his side project to choose from – try Ectoplasm (2002). His debut album Shrine (1994) is good, but it isn’t as great as Trikuti. If you can find a copy, either of the original or the re-recorded CD-R version for not too much money, go for it, but don’t lose too much sleep if not.
Don’t bother with
There’s nothing to avoid as such, but do try sampling everything first so you can be sure it’s for you.
Despite what I said above, Shrine and Radiant are both great pieces from the first album, and East, from the live album, is very good too.