THE GATELESS GATE
Oceans are moving from the Arctic to the south ref
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2016
Allister Thompson’s "Oceans are moving..." is a 65-minute atmospheric and serene ambient journey with tasty use of field recordings. It kicks off with the beautiful 18-minute title track with most pleasant early Tangerine Dream/Pink Floyd influences and lovely resonating e-guitar licks bringing ’70’s German Kosmische Musik to mind.
Next is the 14-minute "Thirty Thousand Sunsets", an emotive and overtly relaxed neo-classical reverie with mellotron textures airing spirits of nature. After two shorter, introspective/ethereal oriented pieces we arrive at the 18-minute "NOW!" referred to as the composer’s purest ambient until now. It’s a mesmerizing, most quiet and gentle morphing soundscape reminiscent of Michael Stearns’ "Morning", focusing on the moments and sounds of a late spring morning. The album ends with a short piece of resonating, soft mourning guitar dedicated to Teri-Lynn Janveau.