The sole musician behind the UK-electronica project Mirrored Meridian is Chris Thomas. For “A Sense of Wonder”, he compiled material recorded between 2007 and 2011, for which Chris used an assortment of software and hardware synthesizers along e-guitars.
This double album, split in the volumes “Earth” and “Universe”, offers a vibrant and fresh sounding collection of smooth cosmic music, featuring both deep atmospheric outings besides more up-tempo, almost groovy takes. In addition, Mr Thomas uses quite a variety of light and more up-front percussion throughout his music. Especially the spatial sound design and catchy sequencing add a lot to the impact and depth of the music, not to forget the heartwarming choir textures and elevating soundscapes that wash ashore along the ride.
Great tracks on the first disc e.g. are “Day of a thousand tomorrows”, delivering a lush, happy sequence paired with gorgeous textures and choir pads, while some vintage beauty shows up on the dreamy and imaginary “The Lost Ocean of Tethys”. The last track, “Formation of the Earth” ends in sweeping symphonic realms.
I can say no other than “A Sense of Wonder”, inspired by some of the wonders of this planet and the universe it inhabits, is a very tasty and accessible effort that many cosmic music fans will appreciate. I for one am anxiously looking forward to more material of this talented composer. Good job, Chris!