James Asher

Ocean of Stars

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New Age composer James Asher offers a gripping voyage for the soul on two extended tracks. "Ocean of Stars" begins with the relaxing sounds of waves and moves to a gentle environment of clarion, organ, and strings. Soon a gentle but persistent rhythm builds, reminding me of patterns played by harpist Andreas Vollenweider. The piece unfolds through melodic sonic environments, including those created by angelic choirs. The solitary interplay of harp strings is most intriguing. "Light of the Gallery" is a more resonant creation, with deeper organ drones and echoing free-form passages for guitar, low flute, and vibraphone. The effect is like floating in a warm lagoon while looking at the stars.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 30:47
2 30:22
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