James Johnson and Robert Scott Thompson: Forgotten Places (2001)
This is a 95% total relaxation release. Only on the 5:28 “Innocence Lost” does a tension surround the listener with ominous and mournful synths. This is gradually decreased by the careful entry of Johnson’s piano and some wordless choir effects but there remains a sense of remorse and unresolved regrets throughout. Those folks who like a touch of environmental sounds courtesy of the Hand of the Creator will also enjoy nature’s watery whispers here and there on “Low & Clear”.
Overall, this is a solid winner for fans of meandering ivories that drift in the airy heights of the soul’s ascent to peace. This type of music re-affirms to my soul that Man is more than brain and brawn. He is a living soul with Mind and a spirit to hear the call of the Eternal One. And Death is but a door . . .
Track Listing: A Slow Return, Resonant Landscape, Stolen Moment, Then & Now, Innocence Lost, Mineola Bay, Low & Clear, Malay, Luminous, Endless
Personnel: James Johnson - synths, piano, samples, field recordings Robert Scott Thompson - synths, samples, computer music synthesis and digital signal processing
Record Label: Zero Music