We stop momentarily to linger in a soft explosion of sound and emotion only to move on again with the beat to the next destination this composition takes us to before allowing you to come finally to rest. Soft, very subtle and very delightful, allowing us a period of relaxation. Suggestions of flute, keyboard, ghostly vocals, powerful musical phrases and strong waves of sound build and wash over you as you allow this piece to move you to another level.
Again, this suggests an almost classical feel to the composition, but never gives into it. We are allowed a feeling of vastness, a never ending horizon that this composition reaches out towards, but it never limits itself to one space. This is a composition that follows the phrasing of the music, not a beat, and is expertly executed allowing us to drift with the music rather than forcing us to follow. The melody is never lost, as the background seems to force the melody to the front of the piece.
Drifting over all this is a lovely vocal accompaniment to the melody that harmonizes rather than distracts. Again, another composition that calls for our attention, rather than allowing itself to settle into the background. This piece is strong, bold and yet is not contained by a beat. The phrases reach out and grab our attention; keyboard blends with synth and vocals to demand we pay attention, and then carries us over the vastness of the composition.
The ending of the journey comes with a feeling of timelessness and endless space. The compositions never become dark or monotonous. There is a definite feeling of uplifting, of carrying you along with the music, so you do not encounter any blockages or distractions to the enjoyment of the compositions.
Jon Jenkins weaves a patchwork of styles and compositions which are not only pleasing as a whole to the ear, but also calls our attention to each piece individually to truly appreciate the blending of styles and textures that create the entire CD. This is not ambient music for the background, but rather it demands we pay attention to the music and allow ourselves to be pulled into it to truly appreciate the works as well as the journey the artist is presenting to us.
This is a lovely and masterful effort that should not be overlooked and should be part of your ambient collection. When infinity is the core of your creative palette, some things just take time. Beyond City Light travels a similar path, with some variation, as it gradually transports listeners deep into the sonic ether. Jenkins in places supplements his spacious, resonant, slowly unfurling soundscapes with textures from flutes, wordless female vocals, and more emphatic percussion.
The album opens with beautiful deep ambience by means of vast textural plains and ethereal vocals. Album) me, it Album) the best track on the album, Album).
Thereafter comes a varied pallet of slightly rhythmic and grooved sonic scenery in which guitar is also embedded. On some tracks, the sparkling influence of Erik Wollo is evident. He is one of the guest-musicians on the album. This hour long, highly cinematic album offers something for every electronic music fan. It delves into deep atmospheres, but also visiting the ambience of the real world beyond us all. This is a great sounding cd which deserves a high recommendation!
Beyond City Light is Jon Jenkins's third and latest offering from a decade long career in creating albums. It has evocative qualities in the sense of transporting the listener mentally to other places. All music here is composed by Jon, and he's accompanied by some well known musicians - a few like Erik Wollo and David Helpling are also from the Spotted Peccary label. The instrumentation is rich in texture, including synths, piano, guitars, several types of flute, cymbals, and a voice.
The percussion tends to convey a sense of journey while the drifting synth sounds and wordless vocals add atmosphere. All the while lovely synth washes round off the edges, particularly when the piece gets more energetic and intense later on. Though there is energy on some tracks the overall feel of the album is laid back.
It's mainly a relaxing listen with plenty of creative soul to keep the listener interested all the way through. Some tracks eschew the percussion for a purer ambient approach. Though Jon has no new age intentions healing or affecting brainwaves etc with Beyond City Light it certainly has relaxation effects on the listener like a fair amount of new age music. It's a great album to play any time of day and gets a thumbs up from me.
Since his collaboration with Paul Lackey ContinuumJon Jenkins has been exploring the transportive power of ambient music, influenced by 70's progressive bands like Yes, Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream. This album is a great example of that same cinematic style, though channeled through what current technology has to offer. Ten years ago, Jenkins music would have been labeled New Age though in my opinion there is far more substance to what this musician has to offer.
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