STYLE: Dance/Electronic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50070-14744 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Ben Martin
Cross Rhythms doesn't normally review library music (which, in case you didn't know, is instrumental music intended for use by radio stations, TV companies and film makers as background music and "beds" under speech). But as Stoke-on-Trent-based Peter Ainsworth (the producer behind Bee Free) is a Christian and the music contained here sounds considerably better than many of those dubious, ambient chill albums in Christian bookshops, its existence deserves to be noted. With the dominant instruments being pads and piano 'Be Still Volume 1' has the potential to be a tedious and repetitive listen. However, in the correct setting it can prove to be hugely effective. With the opening two tracks at around four minutes each, it offers brief outlets for the daily bustle of life, but these openers lack much dynamic and do not allow for engagement with the music. However, the third and fourth tracks clock in at around 40 minutes and 15 minutes respectively and allow for a far more meditative and relaxing atmosphere. Subtle pads and haunting yet beautiful melodies give the listener auditory stimulation and relaxation simultaneously. The songs take you on a journey which you create with the help of the music, the pictures which are invoked are relaxing and in the hustle and bustle of this world it is nice to hear something which creates more than just curiosity. The music is also suitable for meditative use within the church due to the length of some of the tracks. If you would like to relax to a soundscape of beauty, simplicity and a world of calm and minimalism then this is highly recommended.
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