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Secret Archives of the Vatican

SAotV Origins: Istanbul, Marrakech, Croydon
Styles: Chillout, world groove, Middle Eastern fusion, Turkish, Persian

2012 - Panjandrum
2011 - Barbary Lion
2010 - Dreams and Visions
2010 - Wisdom Truth EP
2010 - The Glidepath EP
2008 - Babylon Halt
2004 - Six Years in Babylon
2001 - Dust: The Remixes
1998 - Reformation

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The name is little indication of the group's music, except to suggest mystery and the promise of discovering long-hidden treasures. Secret Archives of the Vatican is a trans-world fusion project that does not limit itself to one set of cultural influences. They take more Turkish and Arabian traditions than others but you can hear strains of music from all over the world in their songs. When most people think of Middle Eastern music they understandably think of bellydance music. Secret Archives of the Vatican is decidedly not bellydance music because their sound is not dance music but concert music of cinematic mood altering substance. They describe it as transglobal breakbeat dub science which is as good a label as any for their funky mix of Arabian night music, dubstep, and electronica. The primary members of the project are Vince Millett, Louis Counter, Peter Sharpe, and Ginger Shinobi. The members have multiple side projects including Thousand Yard Prayer, Uncle Riotous, The talking Dog, and The Ginger Ninja. In my opinion, they have the absolute best album and publicity art ever - see for yourself.

Avoiding the theological implications of their claim to be "on a mission from God" I can say that Secret Archives of the Vatican is a revelation and fresh air in a world music area that had become stale.

Secret Archives on Stage




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