Paul Showering - The Foundation Suite

Friday 1st October 1993
Paul Showering - The Foundation Suite

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Tim Cockram

The Foundation Suite is a selection of 12 tracks based on the 12 gemstones that are said to decorate the wall of the Holy City in Revelation 21-22. Each piece is in a different key that has been suggested by the colour of the gem stone. The music is as varied as the gemstones described, drawing stylistically from rock, pop, ambient, classical, etc. The quality of the music from a compositional and a performance stand-point is excellent, certainly on a par with similar material such as the work of Larry Fast or Jeff Johnson. Unfortunately there is a but and that is the voicings. Ten years ago they would have been top studio quality but now they are found lacking. Having said that, the non-acoustic voices stand up much better as there is no point of comparison, still, not bad considering all the sounds were created on a Roland E70. I have enjoyed listening to this recording and would recommend that you part with some readies to get your hands on a copy because despite its short coming's it's good music (and the cash goes to support the Revelation bookstore and the Cracker Trust).

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