Various Artists: Dreams & Shadows

va-das.jpg (11k) Various Artists: Dreams & Shadows
(Spotted Peccary - 2001)

If you've not already been acquainted with the Various Artists in the Spotted Peccary line-up, now's the time to sample some of their offerings. Decorating your surroundings with Dreams & Shadows, five musicians transcend stereotypical new age territories with nine incredibly placid tracks of shapeless loveliness that float above any preconceptions (and take you with them).

Mark Rownd briefly wanders "At the Edge of Calm Waters" (2:16), awash in layered tonal fluidity which simply resonates. Similarly liquid in form, Deborah Martin's "Blue Lake (Remix)" receives cyclic rounds of flutey breezes and faintly sparkling notes over its calmly rippling surface. Moving from water to air, Jon Jenkins issues the vast respiratory waves of "Breathing in the Deep", more than ten minutes of tranquilly shimmering in-and-out.

"A Luminous Touch" is the only entry from J. Arif Verner, and a short one at that; his ringing strings reverberate gently into an undulating spaciousness, all too soon fading. Mark Rownd reappears, coloring the evening skies with long, sweeping movements of "Painting Twilight" (12:29). Aptly chosen for the final piece, "All Things End" wafts in muted swells which are dappled occasionally with droplets of David Helpling's dreamy piano notes.

Each contributing from one to three three pieces, these artists present their Dreams & Shadows in gauzey tapestries of sound. The dreams definitely outnumber the shadows in this 8.4-rated compilation.

Of course, visit Spotted Peccary to learn more about the artists involved and their other recordings.

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This review posted April 30, 2001

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