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The Shimmering Land

by Meg Bowles

Orchestral ambient soundscapes for deep listening, contemplation, and meditation.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Undulant Sea
7:02 $0.99
2. The Sweetness of Mist
8:51 $0.99
3. Venus Rising
14:23 album only
4. Into the Gloaming
9:17 $0.99
5. Beneath the Radiant Stars
10:50 album only
6. Nightwalk Across the Isle of Dream
9:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
"The tonal substance of The Shimmering Land (60'10") is made using synthesizers. On her sixth album Electronic Musician Meg Bowles realizes an atmosphere of ageless quiet, with six dreamy ambient tracks energizing in a unique way. From a lost, haunted and deeply affecting melancholy, to a bright and hopeful radiance, The Shimmering Land provides lasting reverberations. Enigmatic and limitless, her work is about texture, and moves in waves. A noted development in Bowles' music is the inclusion of the occasional slow sequencer pattern which produces a measured motion akin to flow. This addition provides a wonderful sense of gentle propulsion, which moves us along a pleasant compositional arc - to beautiful sonic states. As Bowles charts the inner map her restrained poetic minimalism enters a still subtle place. A typical listening experience involves an ethereal slow dance of tones, simply and eloquently rising and receding in long lines of diverging electronic pads. Deep bass notes expand beneath rounded synth-strings - surfacing, touching, and then brightening. Between the two float quietly plucked blips moving at an unhurried pace. Each track is distinctively evocative - a tender montage leading the listener quietly into the night. Over the decades this music has become more sophisticated, and so has its listeners. Easy to label, hard to define, The Shimmering Land is not trying to reinvent New Age or Spacemusic, it is an attempt to make this kind of music as good as it can be." -- Chuck van Zyl, Star's End, 25 July 2013

"The Shimmering Land is a 60-minute collection of lush and highly emotive ambient space music, smoothly morphing through tender, soft resonating spaces. The outcome is ambient/orchestral, but still differentiates from the works of e.g. Altus or Jonn Serrie. Meg’s delicately-crafted and subtle melodic creations leave a sense of calm and introspection as it moves forward in a classical framework while leaving tender sonic footprints. Opener "Undulant Sea" is already a straight winner with its beautiful rise-and-fall of drifting textures. The six carefully molded cinematic and evocative sound paintings feature profound dreamy, fairy-tale undercurrents that lead the listener into deep cosmic spaces beyond. All together it forms a fascinating and magical aerial ride, featuring slow chord changes and most subtle composition structures offering wondrous vistas that keep shifting and playing before the mind’s eye. The pastoral-flavored "The Shimmering Land" merges the ancient, the unknown and the mystical in a beautiful immersive manner, at times sonically linking to the in-depth music of Max Corbacho, Thom Brennan or Jon Jenkins. This soft glowing ambient travelogue is highly recommended." -- Bert Strolenberg, Sonic Immersion, 23 July 2013



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Raj Manoharan (

The RajMan Review
The title of preeminent new age composer and musician Meg Bowles' latest release is appropriate, as the album is full of shimmering sounds.

Bowles is known for grand, ethereal, otherworldly textures, commonly associated with the new age sub-genre of space music and all of which are in abundance here. All of the sounds on display are generated entirely by Bowles using her synthesizers.

Although the medium is electronic, the resultant music is very organic. This is due to Bowles' dynamic and expansive compositions, which contribute to the conjuring of cosmic vistas in the mind's eye of the listener.

If you're looking for quintessential new age music, this is it.


A haunting transit across imaginary realms.
Meg Bowles follows-up her excellent ambient project "A Quiet Light" with "The Shimmering Land", which invites you to journey along half-forgotten vine-covered paths, into those 'shadowy places' only hinted-at in ancient legends, and lore. A musical excursion across the mythical Avalons, or deep forays into classical vision-quests of half-forgotten dreamworlds. You will experience this, and much more; listening to "The Shimmering Land", and wonder is it really there, or just a mirage? You set sail upon the 'Undalant Sea' where you start your odyssey to the very end of reality. A siren's song beckons you into 'The Sweetness of Mist' just ahead of those fog-bound, hidden shoals. This is primal ambient fare, much in the same vein, as that sound composed in Thom Brennan's excellent "Mist" album. All of this is very cinematic, and invites some inevitable comparisons to Jon Jenkins, and Dave Luxton's ambient projects as well. Meg Bowles, is one of the top female composers in the ambient realm, along with fellow artists: Constance Demby, Stephanie Sante, and Asmodelle. She first came to my attention by way of the excellent "Blue Cosmos" CD, which puts her in the rarefied company of such heavyweights as: Jonn Serrie, Max Corbacho, Dan Pound, and Rudy Adrian. "The Shimmering Land" is in my opinion her best offering to date. Highly Recommended.

Michael Diamond (

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
For the past two decades, electronic music composer Meg Bowles has been crafting what she calls “ambient orchestral soundscapes.” Drawing from her training in classical music as well has her work as a licensed psychoanalyst with a particular interest in dreams, shamanism, and Jungian psychology, the music is created to take the listener out of this world to another place, a deeper space.
The album opens with “Undulant Sea,” which embodies an oceanic ambiance with its ebb and flow motion, emulating the tides and currents. On a track called “The Sweetness of Mist,” there is a drifting-in-a-dream feel that envelops the listener and evokes mental images of mythical lands and storybook settings. In addition to the ethereal synthesizer textures, a soft arpeggiated keyboard sequence adds movement. The description of this song and the one before provide a good idea of what the listener can expect to hear in the serene soundscapes found on the album. Track 5, entitled “Beneath The Radiant Stars,” adds subtle percussion at points in the piece. But the aqueous quality of these electronic rhythmic elements is quite unique and was a highlight for me, as someone always interested in hearing new sounds. The album draws to a peaceful conclusion with “Nightwalk Across The Isle Of Dreams.” The title itself goes a long way in describing the sonic essence of the music.

I appreciate that while there is subtle diversity in Meg’s musical landscapes, there is also a sense of continuity that that allows the listener to be drawn along in its current without any major course changes or stylistic shifts. Meg Bowles is a master of audio alchemy with a refined sense of blending electronic sounds and textures to create musical compositions of great depth and beauty. While she is a classically trained musician who has become a maestro of the synthesizer, it is also her psycho-spiritual leanings that add dimension to her creative process. Fans of Meg Bowles earlier works, listeners who enjoy classic electronic space music, as well anyone who wants soothing sounds to relax to will find a lot to like in Meg’s exquisite new release. This is music to drift away with on clouds of sound.

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Richard Gurtler

Another greatly accomplished recording from Meg Bowles!!!
"The Shimmering Land" is a brand new album by highly applauded US ambient composer Meg Bowles, released during June 2013 through Meg's own Kumatone label. A follow-up to "A Quiet Light" album from February 2011, which marked composer's return after 12 years of silence. In mind with extraordinary works from the 90's such as "Blue Cosmos" or "From The Dark Earth" (featuring David Bilger, Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra), I am always ready for another deeply contemplative listening exploration by this crafted artist from Connecticut.

The album, packaged in elegant 4-panel digipak, starts with 7-minute "Undulant Sea", which spreads with serenely floating washes, smoothly meandering throughout the piece, coupled with gently fragranced, crystalline embellishments. Synthetic percussive part, nicely echoed, moves to the fore and elatedly swirls across the ears in beautiful harmony with warmly melodious sequences and sublimely expanding horizons. Graceful waves of angelic choir-like drifts invade for the closing 3 minutes. Absolutely gorgeous opening, Meg Bowles is back at her best!!! "The Sweetness Of Mist" immediately attracts with its deeply reflective atmosphere with continuously embracing and immersing majesty and grace of opaque realms. Serenely floating and slowly culminating into more monumental splendor. Then again peacefully diminishing into balmy harmonious reverie. The journey continues, this is another hauntingly enveloping texture!!! "Venus Rising" is the longest piece, clocking to nearly 14 and half minute mark. Serene expansions and subtle transitions from tranquil wide-screen blankets to more dramatic scenarios with spaciously intense and powerful tides, richly magnificent in depth. These sonic panoramas are masterfully bridged and harmonized and deliver a truly captivating listening experience to each enthusiast of sublimely comforting soundscapes. This atmospheric essence safely overlaps to the next composition, "Into The Gloaming". Again gracefully moving through enchantingly celestial realms, with fascinating interactions between calmly washing passages, guarded by angelic appearance, and unfolding dramatic culminations. Skilfully enriched here and there by various high-tech hissy clusters and organic rattles, adding distinctive, slightly cybernetic touch to this stunningly absorbing and glowingly exhilarating ambience. Bravo, certainly one of the pinnacles of "The Shimmering Land"!!! "Beneath The Radiant Stars" remains in magnificently tranquil nocturnal terrains, slightly mysterious, surrounded by beautifully textured cascades with alluringly illuminating clinks, tinkles and swirls. Again majestically meandering and gently peaking and intensifying, definitely another full-bodied soundsculpting showcasing the virtuosity of Meg Bowles!!! "Nightwalk Across The Isle Of Dream" reveals with darker drone hum on the back and warmly inviting celestial choir on the fore. Ever-changing texture is filled with strikingly beautiful ethereal sonic crescendos and stunningly immersing enigmatic atmozones with delicate orchestral touch. Sparse exotic sound traceries can be detected as well. The music is as much charmingly soothing as its title, a very strong conclusion!!!

Not to forget, on the top of the pure sonic beauty and tranquility, you get also superb sound quality, the album was mastered by Richard Price, a husband of Meg Bowles and a Grammy award-winning producer, mastering engineer and president of Candlewood Digital, a classical music recording company based in New Fairfield, Connecticut. "The Shimmering Land" CD is another greatly accomplished recording from Meg Bowles, don't miss this sonic jewel!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 08, 2013, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Helena Dee

With the new Meg Bowles ambient/space-music CD, THE SHIMMERING LAND, the beauty is in the textures, mood shifts and subtle emotionalism that you feel as much as you hear. It is important to meet this music on its own terms bringing with you as few preconceived ideas as possible.

Her music works in all the ways that great new age music does, and serves as the ideal backdrop for relaxation, meditation, healing, massage therapy, light workouts, loving encounters and small group socialization. Bowles has been making this type of synthesizer music for the past 20 years and THE SHIMMERING LAND is her fifth album.

Whether it is the wave-like “Undulant Sea” or the quiet wistfulness of “The Sweetness of Mist,” this music goes specific places and takes you with it. Go with the flow, as they say, and you will journey to inner depths that can always use gentle caressing and healing.

If you enjoy ambient, new age, contemporary instrumental, space or electronic music, this album should fit right into your personal playlist.