I ran into this album by accident, not aware that Cell (aka Alex Scheffer) had released another full-length album before his "Hanging Masses" release on Ultimae Records and a whole list of fine single tracks on various compilations.
"Phonic Peace" presents 70-minutes of evocative and atmospheric ambient chill-out with smooth beats and rhythms that does justice to the high quality stuff I’ve accustomed to in later years from this talented French composer. Especially the layering of textures, samples and loops is impressive along the fine, balanced mix of acoustical instruments and profound ethnical elements.
One can almost scent the orient and feel its magic as the journey gently spreads it wings on each of the nine tracks. Most notable are the great "Phonic Peace for Tibet", the floating "Magic Karma" with tasty tribal percussion and sitar or the albums highlight "Orange", featuring some nice melancholic Indian vocals and chilling spheres.
This relaxing outcome with mesmerizing down-tempo undercurrents really takes the listeners mind out, offering a more ethnical sound compared to his later output.