Ashera

We Gaia

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Refreshing and profoundly resonant timbres that dance in the mind's ear. That's the best way to describe Ashera's We Gaia. Anthony Wright, the man behind Ashera, has an excellent command of timbre and masterfully creates a wide array of beautiful tones. The tracks that make up We Gaia are intended for low-volume listening. This is a classic listening instruction for the finest in ambient music, including any works by Robert Rich or Steve Roach. However, Ashera's work is easily much more organic and daring than any of the later works of Rich or Roach. Besides being a great recording, there's also another interesting element: Ashera has used a variety of vintage electric string instruments for the sounds. He made great use of a 1950 String Master eight-string guitar, a 1925 Weissenborn, a 1932 Rickenbacker, and a Mellow Bar that dates back to 1965. What's interesting is that you can hear a variety of unique timbres that seem almost unable to be placed. Yet their cohesiveness and the way that everything fits together create music that is beautiful, unique, and exceptionally contemplative. Any strong recording in the ambient genre fuses timbre with emotion. With the fusing of these elements, something organic, contemplative, and sonically pleasing is born. Some hit the mark, and some don't. Luckily, Ashera has hit the mark straight on. Ashera's We Gaia is an excellent work and one that warrants exceptional regard.

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