Warehouse Worship Group - Prayers Of The Digital Orthodox

Saturday 1st October 1994
Warehouse Worship Group - Prayers Of The Digital Orthodox

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Karl Allison

These 10 pieces of hypnotic, ambient worship are taken from the communion services of York's Warehouse Worship Group. These are not for getting up and grooving to, but, as the sleeve notes helpfully tell us, for "meditation, prayer or just chilling out." Images of large, dark churches and flickering candles are brought to mind as the synth patterns weave their spell. Each track has been lovingly crafted from a particular source and although its largely instrumental nature means that it runs the risk of being misunderstood, there are probably just enough samples and chants to inspire spirituality that is truly God-centred. My favourite tracks are the opener "Tranquility" which samples the Apollo II moon mission, and "Byzantium", a tribute to the Eastern Church, based on an Orthodox chant of Psalm 141. This is a deep and largely impressive release, with the follow up 'Songs Of The Digital Orthodox" coming soon.

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