- Audio CD (8 December 2017)
- Original Release Date: 8 December 2017
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EUR Import
- ASIN: B075VSRMZ1
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Let There Be Light is the follow up to the duo s highly successful release of Whispers from Silence, which received world-wide airplay on FM, Internet Radio, SXM Spa Channel and numerous airline placements. Whispers from Silence also received nominations from Zone Music Reporter for Best Relaxation/Meditation Album 2016 and Best New Age Album 2016 from One World Music Radio.
This album's music is an expression of a journey. It is about movement not only in our outer life, but equally on the inner plane. Light is the most omnipresent element in nature. The universe is made up of light, which then becomes vibrations and sound. The purpose of this album is to help bring light to the listener in as many forms as possible. Natural Conclusion.
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“The Way of the White Clouds” opens the album with earthy drones, distant waves and acoustic textures that soon introduce a deeply resonating flute melody over subtle shamanic percussion. “First Light” ensues with an enduring drone and singing birds, as wispy flute notes convey an unbounded airiness in contrast to the earthy rootedness emitted from a continuous tonal humming. The next piece, “Timeless Journey”, is one of my favorites on the album – effectively bringing-to-mind that of a distant caravan crossing a desert at night. Here subtle Indian sitar is warmly merged with gently rhythmic bass tones, which is further complimented by the exotic scale played on flute.
“A Celebration of Life” is perhaps the album’s most pinnacle moment – eliciting a sensuous vibe that somewhat reminds me of Kamal’s “Shakuhaji Tales”. Similarly guided along by a hypnotic rhythm that underlies affecting chord progressions, Sherry’s flute seemingly acts as a coy seductress inviting the listener to move along in tandem with the sensual pulse. “Waves of Light” features a flute melody played in a higher scale amidst a backdrop of celestial washes, as if seemingly ascending to the heavens. Another highlight is the mysterious “Tides of Time”, which features what sounds like an African thumb piano lending itself as part of the piece’s gently sustained rhythm. Here breezy flute tones emerge from overarching ethereal layers, as one might imagine themselves standing alone by a seashore and feeling the cool breeze as waves roll in.
Sitting equally comfortably in both the space and world music genres, Let There Be Light is inherently trance-shamanic in nature. Tom Moore is simply a master at creating enveloping hypnotic atmospheres, while Sherry Finzer possesses a versatile range on the flute as her instrument essentially serves as narrator throughout. Earthy and grounding yet lofty and transcendental, Let There Be Light is another top-notch recording from this dynamite duo who always seem to ignite a spellbinding synergy whenever they collaborate!
Throughout its nine tracks, Sherry’s melodious flute lines are accompanied by Tom’s orchestrations that last between five and seven minutes, giving us a total time of 54:35. Within that time, Sherry switches between concert, alto and bass flute, and Tom creates music with keyboard synthesizers, guitars, bass and percussion. It’s a great combination that is consistently peaceful and soothing from start to finish. Tom is also given credit for recording, mixing and mastering.
Many tracks begin with an environmental sound such as wind, water or thunder. Track one, “The Way of the White Cloud”, begins with a water sound that transitions into a mystical drone with gentle bass and drum. Sherry enters on alto flute. Her tone is lush and the vibrato is soothing. It’s a peaceful way to start the album.
“First Light” continues the musical journey by starting with a low drone mixed with water and bird sounds. Sherry enters with what sounds like a bass flute, but she quickly changes to a concert flute with musical lines that climb gradually higher in register and then back down again.
The mystical “Timeless Journey” is my favorite track at the time of this writing. It has a Middle Eastern flavor that reminds me a little of the instrumentals from Loreena McKinnett. It works perfectly with my morning yoga routine. The sitar sound is a nice touch.
“Full Moon Night” begins with water sounds and a harp strum with distant echoes. I can see a full moon reflecting off a sea of water while listening to this one. Then next, “A Celebration of Life”, gives us a subtle groove that leans a bit toward the smooth jazz genre. Can I say this one is sexy? Well, it is.
Four more tracks complete this inspiring musical journey. The music is always peaceful, comforting and meditative. It invites the listener to close their eyes and take an inner journey. It’s perfect for massage, yoga or any of the healing arts as well. I’m now a big Tom Moore/Sherry Finzer fan. I’m sure you will be too.