Amy Faithe | The Ascent

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The Ascent

by Amy Faithe

An ethereal and thought provoking portrayal of life, love and purpose allowing listeners to voyage to a place that soothes the mind and heart.
Genre: New Age: Meditation
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1. Moments
10:09 album only
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2. Daybreak
6:42 album only
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3. Serenity's Call
10:11 album only
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4. Peace Be Mine
10:11 album only
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5. The Ascent
10:00 album only
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6. Who Am I
8:44 album only
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7. Only in My Dreams
8:31 album only
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

A unique voice of great quality and depth
Once in a while you come across a rare talent, once in a while you hear something or someone that you know is born to be a success, that time has arrived and is here and now with the angelic like presence and voice of Amy Faithe.
I have now listened to her first album release several times and have been deeply moved on all occasions, The Ascent is amazingly is her debut album, like me, you’re going to find that difficult to take in when you listen to the release, like the opener, Moments.
Moments, is a scene setter that is beautiful beyond words, her vocals are stunningly layered, at the perfect pitch and emotionally charged to gain the maximum from the moment and even more impressive is that many of the compositions on this stunning album are near on ten minutes long.
For those of us from the UK, we can draw comparisons with the incredible vocals of Bliss singer, Lucinda Drayton, but a voice like this is rare in the music business, listen to the subtle tones of Daybreak, or one of my favourites Serenity’s Call, the gentle flow and peaceful energies on both tracks, the latter with natural sounds are at times almost outer worldly in their balance and poise.
With the pulsating Peace Be Mine at around the half way mark we are gifted something truly special, the perfect floating vocals are only matched by an almost haunting and deep resonating back drop of some quite exhilarating keyboards.
The title track is something to really listen carefully to dear reader and listener, once more Faithe’s voice is our driving narrative on The Ascent, but the wide vista of sounds and keyboards literally drives us on, there is a real determination about this track, as it superbly develops into what is an outstanding progressive styled musical moment of magical brilliance.
We have been treated to some amazing debut albums lately dear reader, but this one is like crossing the bridge to a totally new dimension, try the track Who Am I? as an example, the floating lyrics and sensual vocals hover with a gracious intent on this composition, while on the very last track, Only In My Dreams, we have the perfect finishing song to what has been a totally brilliant debut release.
The Ascent has certainly raised the bar in this genre of music, Amy Faithe has a unique voice of great quality and depth, she is without doubt a women who sings from the very core of her existence, trust in my words, this is not just a good debut album, this is outstanding one and if you wish to be truly moved and satisfied musically on all levels, then you really need to make this album part of your collection as quick as you can!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
In the years preceding the creation of this album, Amy Faithe has made a name for herself in the jazz, soul, and R&B genres, influenced by artists such as Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. However, with this new venture into ambient and new age music territory, Amy has a sense of moving into greater expression of what she feels is her life purpose and higher calling… to create music that is healing and spiritually uplifting.

For me, a few things stood out right from the very beginning of the opening track. First, of course, is the diaphanous quality of Amy’s angelic vocals, which seemed to float above the music like an out of body experience. The word “ethereal” perfectly captures the essence of her sound. The other thing that stood out to me right away, as a music producer and ambient musician was the gorgeous production and expert use of studio effects such as reverb and digital delay to add dimension and a celestial sonic presence to the vocals. The musical soundtrack consisting of piano and layers of synthesizers is expansive yet lush, supporting her voice like a magic carpet as it drifted in the rarified atmosphere.

A rush of wind and softly pulsing electronics signal the beginning of the next track entitled “Daybreak.” On this piece, Amy’s vocalizing is wordless rather than lyrical. On one level I could draw a comparison to Enya, although Amy’s music is more cosmic than Celtic. But I’d imagine that listener’s who enjoy Enya, might like this as well. The album’s title track reveals a unique and intriguing feature. While percussion is generally thought of as adding an earthy element, if there is such a thing as “air percussion,” this song has it. There is a light rhythm track composed of puffs of air, whispered syllables, and a variety of little electronic chuffs and sounds that provide propulsion yet is quite atmospheric and very creative.

Much well deserved credit goes to producer, engineer, and co-writer John Herrera for his spacious otherworldly electronic soundscapes that set the stage for Amy’s lofty vocals. I am extremely impressed with this album and especially considering that it is Amy’s initial entry into this genre. This title of her recording, “The Ascent,” could very well be a self-fulfilling prophecy and mark the birth of a rising star in the ambient music universe.


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