Transfigurations (Inner Islands)
A masterclass in pastoral new age from another alias of California’s Sean Conrad, owner of the Oakland-based Inner Islands label and whose work under his Channelers alias has also featured previously in AMG’s best-of-year round-ups. The melodic fragments that comprise the six pieces on Transfigurations rise and fall like deep breathing – the chorus of flutes on “Wading In”, the piano figure on “Snow Stone Still Air” – and they sit against various backdrops comprised of shifting drones and noise. There are many examples around of meditative music in this style, but relatively few are realised with such skill and poise. Comparable to the best of Ishq.
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