The Neon Ambience - A

Published Monday 20th May 2013
The Neon Ambience - A
The Neon Ambience - A

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 134198-20115
LABEL: 7Core Music 887516153983
RELEASE DATE: 2013-01-28
RRP: £7.99

Reviewed by Samuel Parker

'A' is the first of three instrumental concept albums to be released in 2013 from The Neon Ambience, a project conceived by producer Trevor Michael and worship leader Ian Yates. Focusing on creating their own take on original contemporary ambient music, 'A' focuses on setting moods and atmospheres to music with nine tracks based on a different biblical word, all beginning with the letter A. From the opening track "Annunciation" all the way through to "Agape," they produce soundscapes using a sonic palette of acoustic, electronic and ambient sounds to best represent each word in a musical form. Admittedly I was initially sceptical as to the extent in which they could successfully achieve this, however, I was pleasantly surprised as I repeatedly listened to each track; each time more able to identify with each individual soundscape. "Awakening" and "Agape" are particularly effective with the evolving synths and the sliding electric guitar hooks in "Awakening" providing a strong sense of emergence from a state of grogginess, whilst the warmth of the string section in "Agape" does well to embrace you, the listener, in representing this form of love. All in all 'A' is almost the perfect accompaniment for relaxation, prayer, and/or meditation, but falls marginally short in its lack of clear distinction between each track. Nonetheless, I am intrigued to hear what will come in the form of the second instalment of this fascinating project.

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Product Description
The Neon Ambience is a collaboration between Engineer, Producer and 7Core Music director Trevor Michael (Delirious?, Trent, Phatfish) and Singer, Songwriter, Worship Leader, Elim Sound and 7Core Music artist Ian Yates.

“The idea was birthed during the recording of Ian’s Good News album”, explains 7Core Music. “The first of 3 albums, A is released in January 2013. It is a 50-minute instrumental album, made up of electronic, acoustic and ambient sounds. It’s the perfect music to put on for reflection, soaking and devotion. It can be used in times of prayer, meditation and relaxation.”

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