Responses to the Music of eyes cast down
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity! Please let me know if you ever need a flutist in the future! Your music is just beautiful, and I have really enjoyed working with you! (Jennifer played on Sandcat Lullaby and Vision Opening.)
From smooth and swirling, to tempestuous and dark, the achieved atmosphere seems to be that of sustained calm and wonder – harmonic journeys without the usual conclusion. Characterized by the reiteration of extended phrases and weighted by unpredictable shifts in timbre, The White Island eventually settles into its own unique ambient area – where the ethereal and surreal meet as a cerebral force.
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As each tone breathes into our listening space, we feel a slow force of momentum. Near album’s end, a reverberant piano enters, repeating its question again and again. When shadows pull together, ethereal voices add to an enfolding darkness. The reason this album seems so quiet is because there are so few other people saying these things. The unadorned beauty of Souls Adrift, in Disrepair relates to human fragility. The dark alliance of unmodulated sounds imparts a haunting force.
The Separate Ones features airy, drifting and lush textural worlds along gentle loops that now and then bring the older releases of Jeff Pearce to mind.
My dog has severe anxiety and can become slightly aggressive. When I know he’s feeling anxious, I turn on this album (The Separate Ones) for him and it instantly calms him.