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Ray Carl Daye "Echoes from the Aether"
Beautiful ambient soundscapes that drift weightlessly through the aether.
I really enjoy discovering new music, finding something that I've never heard before that connects with me in a new and interesting way. One of my favorite finds so far this year has been "Echoes from the Aether" by Ray Carl Daye, an impressive release featuring four sublimely beautiful drifting ambient tracks that have stayed in pretty much constant rotation in my player over the last few weeks.
Beginning with the title track a warm and soothing mood is set, music perfect for Sunday morning listening before the day begins. High end melodies paired with lower tones play atop slowly drifting pads, while vaguely watery sounds and occasional snippets of melody float by. It's a really relaxing track, ideal for closing one's eyes and drifting. "A Fragile Shift" follows, equally beautiful and engaging with light tones bending and stretching through a bed of subtle sounds. The track ebbs and flows in slowly drifting waves, with every sound delicate and nuanced, beautifully minimal. "Meridian Wave" is up next pairing bright tones with low bass drones. It's a quiet piece where things happen slowly but purposefully and sounds slowly rotate around a centre of stillness, a very nice example of the beauty of simplicity. "The Light Between" closes the disc with a bright and warm pad-based track that flows with rich textures and layers, drifting from space to space, bringing to mind images of comfort and safety. A slight melody is there if you look for it but if you'd rather you can just let the tones flow around you and be enveloped by the soundscape created over the course of its length.
To say that I enjoy "Echoes from the Aether" is a bit of an understatement. I'm moved by it's beauty, and as I continue to listen to it I find myself discovering more and more depth and sophistication in the music. Ray Carl Daye displays an impressive talent that I'm quite moved by and I look forward to seeing where his work takes me in the future.
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last updated 2/8/11