Pioneer the Light, the first release from Minneapolis based singer/songwriter duo Blue Soul Caravan explore themes of transcendent love, fear, light, darkness, and what it is to be alive on this playground Earth. Alex Goldfarb and Leela Bergerud create unique harmonies while cultivating a world folk flavor. This music draws upon a lifetime of musical influences (Nick Drake, Ali Akbar Khan, Ali Farke Toure, Paul Simon, Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Low, etc.) as well as more obscure tastes from the Kirtan and sacred world music traditions. Blue Soul Caravan artfully blends Bluegrass, Sanskrit mantras, and folk overtones with world infused instrumentation. Inspiration for this album spans the mundane challenges of being human to timeless Buddhist dharma teachings, inviting the listener to remember the more eternal truth of our very being.
Pioneer the Light was produced and recorded by Alex Goldfarb using a simple yet effective recording set up. The flexibility of having full control over the recording environment allowed for experimentation with unusual pairings of the many instruments Alex plays. Sitar, banjo, guitar, kalimbas, various hand drums, bass and flutes interweave to create a rich yet simple tapestry as a background to Leela and Alex's lyrical vocal wanderings.
Pioneer the Light features guest musicians Rajhta Ren on piano and organ, Joe Sheehan on double bass, and Gary Waryan on tablas. We sincerely hope this music nourishes and delights you on your way.