The Gypsy Madonna
Amadora was the last of the three full albums recorded with Anthony Phillips. Recording commenced as the first Gulf war broke out in the snowy UK January of 1991, and the title track with its Arabian style intro was being created as the first planes took off, eerily. This song also featured in the soundtrack to Michel Houellebecq's rather dark La possibilite d'une ile, filmed in 2008. Another celebrated track from Amadora is the lilting 'Gypsy Madonna'. On the track 'Rashani' Asher sings in an intuitive inner language that comes across sounding like a mixture of French, Slavic and Persian. Amadora itself was an intuitive, inner title, but actually there is an Amadora, near Lisbon. The album is a combination of esoteric vocal and instrumental tracks, and is very gentle and plaintive. The songs are now dispersed into various compilations for sale on this site, and the original is available for download in the download shop.