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May very well be, the best ambient-offering of the year!

eTripper

Just released for June 2018, Meg Bowles; graces her legion-of-fans, with a new seven-fold ambient gem entitled: "Evensong: Canticles for the Earth". It opens with an expansive first-cut called 'Hymnus'. Basically, a rolling-swirl of bleeps against a back-drop of sweeping tonality shades. Which sets the stage, thematically, for next selection. Immediately, the listener get's a sense of communing with a sky-bound, soaring flock. One that's highlighted against the clouds. As evening approaches, and light begins to fade in 'Migration at Dusk'.
'The Ridgewalker' depicts the visage of a lone hiker, silhouetted against the sky, on a solitary voyage of self-discovery. An epic cut in my humble opinion with rich dramatic overtones, and perfectly counter-pointed meter. 'Chalice of Shadows' envokes a very passionate sense of animistic-spirituality about it. This is brilliant compositional grandeur on a par with both Constance Demby, and Rudy Adrian. Then something wonderful happens; when you cue-up, 'Berceuse for a Star Child'. Your ears are treated to a poignant lullabye to planet-earth, as the evening takes full-command. Perhaps one of the premier cuts on this effort. 'Evensong' is one of the two longer-plays on this album. It carries me back to 2013's "A Shimmering Land" CD. Another well-executed glide through voice, synth-pads, and multi-faceted drones. I get a sense of primal-urgency while listening to it, but your interpretation might vary. The last-track, 'Time and Light' sonically examines the connection to those far, twinkling lights of the ancient cosmos, and our planet's place in it. Another bravura effort by Meg Bowles. Which may; very well be, the best ambient-offering of the year! The mastering on this CD is also, impeccable. If your a fan of Meg's previous efforts, this one will be a must-have acquisition. There are only a dozen, or so ambient-artists who approach this level of sophistication. Some of those being: Jon Jenkins, Erik Wollo, Chronotope Project, Jonn Serrie, Simon Wilkinson, and Csillagkod. Highly Recommended.

One of the decades finest ambient/space music albums!

CandiceMichelle1

Meg Bowles is a name that is well familiar to many fans of ambient/space music. Having released her first two albums in 1993 (Inner Space and Solstice Dreams) she then followed up in 1996 with a widely-praised and definitive album in the genre called Blue Cosmos, which officially put her on the space music map. After releasing her 1999 album, From the Dark Earth, there was an extensive time-period before Bowles would release her next album in 2011 entitled A Quiet Light, which seemingly renewed a sense of deserved recognition for this amazing composer. And now, with her first release since 2013’s The Shimmering Land, Bowles simply stuns on Evensong: Canticles for the Earth – an album comprised of seven compositions at roughly 64 minutes in length, of which have been composed as a sonic tribute to our beautifully precious planet. Often employing shorter sequenced patterns among longer stretches of atmospheric tones, the music feels supremely cosmic yet intentionally earthbound, as if one is floating in the sky while never quite venturing beyond the firmament. The music goes mystifyingly deep but never unsettlingly dark, with the album’s beautifully contrasting figures of light and shadow seeming to suggest sounds emerging from the depths of the earth and likewise ascending down from above. Overall exuding a reverent mystery while bestowing a personal sense of comfort, these majestic compositions seemingly instill a quietly stirring notion throughout that perhaps a lost Eden of sorts is just within reach. Easily one of the decades finest ambient/space music albums to come around, Evensong is simply an epic beauty – and one that I’ll be returning to often for a long time to come!

About Meg Bowles

Composer/keyboardist/flautist Meg Bowles combines ambient electronica with classical music on albums like 1993'sInner Space, which she released on her own Kumatone label. Her 1996 album Blue Cosmos was in keeping with the atmospheric bent of her previous releases, but that year she began collaborating with the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal trumpeter, David Bilger; her 1999 album From The Dark Earth presented a more direct version of Bowles' style. She has also published two works for trumpet and synthesizer, 1996's "Night Sun Journey" and 1997's "Places Where Rivers Meet." ~ Heather Phares

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