Christine Lafian's 7 picks for emotional rescue
Scent is one of the most provocative of the senses in how it can instantly transport us in place and time. No stranger to this incredible phenomenon is Christine Lafian of Bau Bau. Growing up in Indonesia, a place where burning incense is a part of daily ceremonial rituals, Christine created Bau Bau through drawing inspiration from her own memories, and capturing those sensorial experiences in several incense varieties. All Bau Bau’s incense sticks are handmade in Bali and serve as an invitation to practice the art of daily rituals and to play with the senses.
We are enchanted by the vibrant personalities of the incense varieties and the connections Christine draws between scent and musical notes. To introduce the Bau Bau scents, Christine connected them with sound, putting together 7 selections that capture this exchange of senses, while adding a personal twist to each pick.
“For me, listening to music while burning incense is ceremonial. The power of sound and scents together can really take you on a journey. This compilation of albums is my personal favorite for emotional rescue. I’ve added my favorite incense to accompany each album, too.”
Toshifumi Hinata – Reality in Love
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I wish I had a great way to describe the beauty of this album. It’s like when you see a breathtaking landscape and you can’t find the right words to describe it. All you can feel is the emotions that it brings you. This album is best enjoyed with the Bau Bau Nostalgia incense.
Ryuichi Sakamoto – BTTB
Besides the fact that Sakamoto is a genius, this album has a special meaning for me. This was the first album that someone had ever given to me as a gift. It’s a perfect album to play in the morning, especially when accompanied by Seafoam.
Woo - Into the Heart of Love
Just like the title of the album, this album feels like a celebration of love – that warm fuzzy world we all fall into sometimes. A unique soundscape that will surely make you burst into a big smile. I love burning Grey Garden with this.
Azymuth - Zé e Paraná
This is actually a single, but it carries the emotion of an album. I always love listening to this on a rainy day with Moonlit Forest burning. There is a certain calmness in melancholy, and being in tune with your solitude.
Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You
The album reminds me a lot of my childhood. I think it’s the South East Asian influences in their music that reminds me of something my grandparents listened to in the 60s. One of my earliest childhood memories is sitting on my grandfather’s lap in the afternoon, while he sipped a cold beer and smoked clove cigarettes. This is one of my fondest memories, which inspired me to create Smoko Memories. Best enjoyed after a long day at work.
The Durutti Column - The Return of the Durutti Column
I still remember the first time I listened to The Durutti Column. Their sound was so unique and utterly out of this world, like a completely new universe. I love listening to this album to start my day while burning Fresh Sheet.
Fariz RM - Hotel San Vicente
I play this record whenever I miss my home country, Indonesia. It’s a great pick-me-up album that takes me straight to home. Burning Smoko Memories while playing this record always does it for me.