Synthesist David Arkenstone has been making inspiring, orchestrally enhanced new age concept recordings for years, and the tribal intensity of this ensemble -- helmed by him and his multi-instrumentalist wife Diane -- will happily surprise fans of that "other side." The concept here seems to be combining spacey, meditative, otherworldly electronic soundscapes with more organic and exotic tribal instruments to create a wild fusion. A dramatic piece like "Dance of Creation" -- which includes Diane Arkenstone's soaring wordless guttural cries, the swirling flutes of George Tottorelli, and even some urban house music -- may remind some listeners of Yulara, a duo that does a similar blending of new age and worldbeat elements. In line with the album title, the tune indeed induces a trance-like feeling. Other songs aren't quite as overwhelming; "Constellation Communication," for instance features jungly soundscaping, some spacey synth and percussion elements, and a soft flute and synth melody exchange, but all in the service of a more relaxed vibe. "Freedom of Movement" offers more of a floating effect combined with a Native American flavor. "The Jungles of Ashi Maaru" is even more subtle, with all of the sound effects and instruments at a distance from the dramatic tribal groove. If you're a fan of David Arkenstone, you'll like where he's headed with this. If you've resisted him in the past, this may be the time to explore the amazing depth of his artistry.
Trance World Review
by Jonathan Widran