By Emily Clingman
Self described as an original world beat rock band devoted to wholeness, oneness, healing and connection to the divine, local group LeeLah debuts with Kali’s Fire. With 11 songs about yoga, peace and love, there’s a lot to draw from for inspiration and spiritual meditation. “Right Here Right Now,” starts with a buoyant hand drum beat that has an almost ambient electronic feel to it. The song escalates with a heavy electric guitar riff and more aggressive vocals, coming across as a slightly brash accompaniment to softer lyrics like I dreamed you, and now I hold you, within my arms you rest inside of me. Many of the songs combine these elements of yielding, peaceable lyrics with contemporary rock-style guitar and drum rhythms. A few songs slow down with rolling melodies and Hindu meditations phrases like in “Peace and Happiness,” Om Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu. May Peace and Happiness prevail for all Beings everywhere. Overall, the lyrics are meditative and the music is creative, but the album tends to pull the listener in different directions unexpectedly, which feels audibly frustrating at times.