Clifford White

Myths of the Rock

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U.K. new age composer Clifford White shifts his musical palette to the beat for this album inspired by the mystical Ayers Rock in Australia. Compelling trance-dance beats are established throughout, and listeners will find definite similarities to Enigma's MCMXC A.D. in "The Primal Instinct" (woman's chant, heavy erotic breathing and sighs) and to Deep Forest with its pygmy singing in "The Tribal Way." I would think an album about aboriginal dreamtime would include more didgeridoo, but White escapes, through dreamtime, the confines of that culture and the desert environment of Ayers Rock (whale songs in the sultry "In the Womb of the Rainbow Serpent") to include a number of rhythms and music styles. The muted trumpets on "The Dreaming" offer a cool blues/jazz feeling. Whatever the rationale of the album concept, Myths of the Rock is exotic and offers the kind of combination that just may take you to the Dreamtime.

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