CD, Earth Turtle Music/Groove Unlimited, 1987/1998
"Floating Whispers" contains music that appeared to be the predecessor of space music that would later end up on "Planetary Unfolding" and "Chronos". It’s one of the classic space music albums of Michael Stearns which was re-released in 1998 in collaboration with the Groove Unlimited label after being unavailable for many years.
The cd offers 42 minutes of great floating cosmic music ("mood-music" as Michael likes to call it) with occasionally some e-guitar, with beauties such as "Almost Daybreak" next to the smooth laid-back ambiences of "At the Bath" and "Night Currents". Things reach an even more emotional level on "The Reflective Heart". It’s just a pity the beautiful, Vangelis-kindred string textures of the short closing (title)track doesn’t last longer, as I had loved to hear this introspective ambient music linger on a bit longer.
This digitally remastered album is a must-have for everyone who loves intrigueing and nicely shaped atmospheric ambient.