- Audio CD (10 November 2017)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Heart Dance Records
- ASIN: B075VSRMZ1
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Let There Be Light
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Audio CD, 10 Nov 2017
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!
The one generalization I can make about "Let There Be Light" is that the music is ambient and very relaxing, but that really doesn’t tell you much. Sherry Finzer plays a variety of flutes choosing one or two according the feeling and expression of each piece. For this album, her playing is very spare and is often quite haunting and even magical. Tom Moore is a creator of “space music” and often plays at planetariums and national space conventions as well as at festivals and meditation gatherings. On this album, he plays keyboard, synthesizers, guitar, bass and percussion. Quite a bit of the “space music” I have heard is interesting, but not all that musical in a more traditional sense (I’m a piano teacher - what can I say?), but several of the nine pieces on this album are quite rhythmic and melodic as well as ethereal and atmospheric. In a nutshell, I really like it! Nature sounds (mostly water and birds) are part of the music, and although I often find that distracting, those sounds are well-placed and an integral part of the music. I do have one warning - don’t use this album as your wake-up music. It is so soothing and relaxing that I woke up when it shut off after playing for an hour! (This is a compliment in the context of an ambient music review!)
"Let There Be Light" begins with “The Way of the White Clouds,” which starts out with the sound of the surf and a repetitive acoustic guitar pattern. Finzer’s bass flute enters playing a very slow and hypnotic melody. There is a soft droning sound in the background that gives the music a very dark, atmospheric feeling as the flute and the sparingly-used other instrumentation spin their quiet magic. “First Light” is even more atmospheric with the sounds of a bubbling brook, birds, insects, and various flutes expressing the peaceful majesty of daybreak. Haunting voices and lightly percussive instruments are added as the piece progresses. “Timeless Journey” has layered repeated patterns on bass, sitar and keyboard as flutes weave magical melodies around them. “A Celebration of Life” begins with the sharp crack of thunder and the sound of rain. This piece has a Native American feeling and Finzer’s flute is gorgeous as she casts a spell playing over a rhythmic guitar and light hand percussion. “Waves of Light” is much more ambient with its warm, ethereal sounds, adding Finzer’s hypnotic flute after a long “space music” intro.
"Let There Be Light" is a very positive and uplifting listening experience that is sure to ease away the stresses of daily life. Highly recommended!