New Music Release
Ram Dass x East Forest: Chapter II
“Music is a language that all souls understand. I’m honored that my teachings have been paired with a musician like East Forest, who has crafted an album with so much love.” - Ram Dass
We are delighted to announce the release of Ram Dass x East Forest Chapter II, the second musical release of a four-part album that is dropping throughout 2019.
East Forest and Ram Dass, along with a variety of featured musicians, will release a different chapter of this collaborative album every few months, culminating with a full-length album release on August 9th.
“Ram Dass is the psychedelic grandfather of our time,” says East Forest. “In the new song 'Home' he recounts his first experience with psilocybin (aka magic mushrooms) and how it served as the springboard of his spiritual life. Not many people can say their first trip was with Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg — this is the first time this iconic story has been put to music.”
Ram Dass : Chapter II features 4 brand new songs intricately woven together by East Forest, exploring a path of emotionally driven music that pulls from ambient, classical, electronic and indie-pop genres.
Miss the boat on Chapter I? Listen here!
Ram Dass and composer East Forest join forces for a full length album.
In June 2018, East Forest was invited to Ram Dass’ home in Maui to join in conversation and record brand new teachings from the legendary teacher.
After capturing these words of wisdom, East Forest returned to his studio in the high desert of Southern Utah to compose the soundtrack for Ram Dass' wisdom.
The collaborative work features topics around technology, nature, soul, death, psilocybin, the idea of guru, circular thinking, witness consciousness, karma, the mind, as well as classic Ram Dass stories from his early journeys in India and more.
East Forest scored music to accompany each teaching in a wide range of influences — from contemporary classical to chillwave electronica, electro-acoustic to stripped back piano songs.
The new East Forest record also features guest appearances from the likes of Trevor Hall and Grammy nominated artist, Krishna Das, all framing Ram Dass’ teachings with contemporary voices and cementing Ram Dass into an echelon of relevancy and immediacy — offering a direct antidote for a highly polarized nation that is deeply in need of a universal voice of wisdom, connection and unconditional love.