Title - 'Speak to the Sky'
Artist - James Marienthal
For those not in the know, Silver Wave Records has just released the magnificent Speak to the Sky by its owner and founder, recording artist James Marienthal.
Available on CD and all digital platforms, Speak to the Sky features all original compositions, inspired by Marienthal's explorations playing music in nature, along with deep listening, and tuning into divine resonance.
Furthermore, it is a prayer from the heart, spoken in musical tongues through flutes, voice, strings and bells.
Indeed, the stirring sounds of Native American flute prevail on this recording, enhanced by ethereal vocal harmonies and various string instruments, with poignant surprises that captivate the imagination.
1. 'First Breath'
2. 'Wondering Who'
3. 'Speak to the Sky'
5. 'Navajo Twilight'
6. 'Returning Home'
7. 'Silence Seen'
8. 'A Terraplace of Time'
Three of the tracks on Speak to the Sky were even recorded at The Tank Center for Sonic Arts, the same uniquely reverberant sound chamber where Marienthal recorded his first album, Mysteries of the
Night, Alive Inside The Tank in 2018.
A skilled improvisor, this time he dives into a deep solo
conversation while The Tank offers back its beautiful reflections of long reverberating flute tones overlapping with bells and other creative sounds made with breath and percussion.
These tracks combine perfectly with the rest of the album's studio tracks, three of which feature stunning vocal accompaniment by talented singer Arwen Ek, and the deeply reverent title track with
Grammy winning producer Tom Wasinger playing lap steel guitar.
Although there really isn't a bad one, persay, in the set, for me, the stand outs would be the immensely resonating, wood wind ambiance of the title track, the lush, peaceful and almost hypnotic 'Wondering Who,' the beautiful, spacious solo piano piece 'Silence Seen,' and then the moving ambiance of 'A Terraplace of Time,' that majestically rounds out this diverse collection of peacefully contemplative music.
To the creator of life:
Thank you for this opportunity to be human
To be both divinely beautiful and perfectly flawed
To feel joy sorrow love fear and gratitude
To love deeply both my self
and my brothers and sisters on this journey
To feel connected in my community and in my solitude
Thank you for the freedom to explore life on earth
and all its challenges and blessings
with open mind and strong heart
all my relations. ~ JM
You can order Speak to the Sky now at Amazon.
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