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Evensong: Canticles for the Earth

by Meg Bowles

Deep space drifts, chant-like elements, and rich harmonic textures reflect the timeless, ritual spaces of evening, a tribute to planet Earth.
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1. Hymnus
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2. Migration at Dusk
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3. The Ridgewalker
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4. Chalice of Shadows
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5. Berceuse for a Star Child
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6. Evensong
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7. Time and Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"As the sky takes on the deep blue glow of evening, the time-bound bustle of day melts into the timeless dream space of night. For me, to take a walk in the waning light along the lake where I live has become an informal yet sacred ritual practice to process the day and re-center myself, either in solitude or with my husband, most often with a dog or two. My heart becomes calm when I listen to the evening songs of birds and the rustlings of animals, and I never tire of observing how the water glimmers and reflects the softening colors of dusk. Often I will find myself gazing at the sky, filled with gratitude for our planet Earth and for the gift of being present to witness all of her ever-changing beauty. These tracks all reflect bits and pieces of my own journey—including moments of joy as well as struggle—that have been evoked by this quiet but powerful time of evening, when darkness stretches across the land and the light moves to the other side of the earth." -Meg Bowles

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Candice Michelle / JourneyscapesRadio.com

One of the decades finest ambient/space music albums to come around!
Meg Bowles is a name that is well familiar to many fans of ambient/space music. Having released her first two albums in 1993 (Inner Space and Solstice Dreams) she then followed up in 1996 with a widely-praised and definitive album in the genre called Blue Cosmos, which officially put her on the space music map. After releasing her 1999 album, From the Dark Earth, there was an extensive time-period before Bowles would release her next album in 2011 entitled A Quiet Light, which seemingly renewed a sense of deserved recognition for this amazing composer. And now, with her first release since 2013’s The Shimmering Land, Bowles simply stuns on Evensong: Canticles for the Earth – an album comprised of seven compositions at roughly 64 minutes in length, of which have been composed as a sonic tribute to our beautifully precious planet. Often employing shorter sequenced patterns among longer stretches of atmospheric tones, the music feels supremely cosmic yet intentionally earthbound, as if one is floating in the sky while never quite venturing beyond the firmament. The music goes mystifyingly deep but never unsettlingly dark, with the album’s beautifully contrasting figures of light and shadow seeming to suggest sounds emerging from the depths of the earth and likewise ascending down from above. Overall exuding a reverent mystery while bestowing a personal sense of comfort, these majestic compositions seemingly instill a quietly stirring notion throughout that perhaps a lost Eden of sorts is just within reach. Easily one of the decades finest ambient/space music albums to come around, Evensong is simply an epic beauty – and one that I’ll be returning to often for a long time to come!
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eTripper

May very well be, the best ambient-offering of the year!
Just released for June 2018, Meg Bowles; graces her legion of fans, with a brand new seven-fold, ambient-gem entitled: "Evensong: Canticles for the Earth". She opens with an expansive first-cut called: 'Hymnus'. Basically, a rolling-swirl of bleeps, against a backdrop of sweeping tonality shades. Which sets the stage thematically, for the very next selection. Immediately, the listener get's a deep sense of communing with a sky-bound, soaring flock that's highlighted against the clouds. As the light, begins to slowly fade in 'Migration at Dusk'. The 'Ridgewalker'; depicts the visage of a lone-hiker, silhouetted against the sky, on a solitary voyage of reflective, self-discovery. A very epic-cut in my humble opinion, with rich, dramatic overtones, and a meter that's perfectly counter-pointed. 'Chalice of Shadows' exhibits a very passionate, but soulful sense of animistic-spirituality about it. This is brilliant, compositional grandeur on a par with both Constance Demby, and Rudy Adrian. Then something wonderful happens; 'Berceuse for a Star Child'. Your ears are treated to a poignant lullaby for the planet earth, as the encroaching night takes full-command. Perhaps, one of the premier-cuts on this effort. 'Evensong' is one of the two longer-plays on this album. It carries me musically, back to 2013, and "The Shimmering Land" album. Another well-executed, and masterful glide through voice, synth-pads, and multi-faceted drones. I get a sense of primal-urgency from listening to it, but your personal interpretation, might vary greatly. The last track, 'Time and Light' sonically examines the connection to those far, twinkling lights of the ancient cosmos, and our planet's place in it. Another bravura effort by Meg Bowles, who may very well be, in contention, for having created the best ambient-offering of the year. May I add, that the mastering of this CD is also, impeccably achieved. If your a fan of Meg's previous projects, then this newest one, will be a must-have acquisition. There are only about dozen, or so ambient artists who reach this level of sophisticated artistry. Some of those being: Jon Jenkins, Erik Wollo, Chronotope Project, Simon Wilkinson, Csillagkod, Jonn Serrie, and the aforementioned; Constance Demby. Highly Recommended.
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Steve Sheppard

A remarkable album
Five years ago I walked upon a Shimmering Earth created by the artist and my life changed, the beauty of that Meg Bowles album filled my soul with much hope, something that I needed at the time, the gentle waves of luscious synths eased my psyche and here, five years later, she is back with an album so tranquil and calming to behold called Evensong: Canticles For The Earth.
We begin our journey of galactic proportions with the opening piece Hymnus. This mixture of textures and progression, then a smooth but vast realm of electronic genius is on offer for us all on this opening composition. One could easily become part of the music here and simply float into a dimension of sound with this quite stunning start.
Bowles follows that powerful beginning with an equally amazing composition called Migration at Dusk. You will note the complete change in energy here as Bowles uses her keyboards and synths to create a vast horizon of musical brilliance, then brings in a sense of sequenced movement, that seems to take us by the hand and swirl us along with the sounds of an otherworldly dimension, in a similar style to fellow electronic composer Jonn Serrie.
The Ridgewalker is a fascinating composition, the slow and deliberate artistic endeavour to create a visual that is almost film score in intention is achieved here with ease. I could for example imagine the story I am reading (The Dark Tower, Stephen King) and follow the path of the man in black as he is spotted crossing the great desert and for a moment appears as a shadow figure on the ridge of the far western mountain range. This opus would be perfect for that specific soundtrack. The floating synths create a level of mysticism here that is the chief narrator of this most sublime of ethereal pieces, one that I think I will be revisiting many times over.
The shortest track off the album is up next at just shy of six minutes and entitled Chalice of Shadows. For some reason I felt quite emotional whilst listening to this; there is a deepness that takes you inward, but also a vastness that can not only be felt, but seen too. The energy of this track is incredibly moving, it is as if we are standing literally on the edge of infinity and gazing out across the divide of time and space. This piece is filled with an unfound mystery, a tapestry of electronic music that seems to float back and forth like some huge galactic wave, and where we may float to, is another entirely unknown dimension; the performance here is simply stunning.
We now drift into the heavenly arms of the next piece Berceuse For A Star Child. This delicate, but soothing lullaby takes us in its embrace and calms the soul; the steady progression on keyboards and synths is simply blissful. In a way, this is our anthem, are we not all part of everything and thus all part of this wonderful universal experience called, life?
The penultimate offering is called Evensong and being the title track, we now have ten magical minutes to walk musically along with the artist. This is an incredibly poignant offering and the narrative of tone and timbre allow is to also be grateful for being able to experience the one thing we all share, life. The deepness of the synths here is a constant reminder of however this life has gone for us; we must share and remind ourselves of the need to be grateful for it. For me the intensity of performance here states that, and what a better time to give thanks and gratitude but at the end of another day.
We can now safely float into the last composition of the album and this final moment of electronic bliss is called Time And Light. This is also the longest track off the album at exactly fifteen minutes. This long form opus of power and grace is the perfect way to end the album. We can also revel in the drifting and swirling nature of the piece, as we go back and forth from major to minor in arrangement, in a similar style to the UK’s leading synth performer Kevin Kendle. Time itself here seem to be forming, capitulating to universal oneness and then dissipating into a realm of no time at all, perhaps just one of pure light, this is one quite breath taking offering.
Evensong: Canticles For The Earth by Meg Bowles has to be one of the stand out electronic albums of the year so far, and manifests vast reaching and almost eternal levels of ambience whilst doing so. This is a remarkable album, one that I absolutely enjoyed. Her style and professionalism and artistic intelligence has thus brought into this world a release, that will truly make us gaze once again upwards to the stars with the same wide eyed wonder of a child, a thoroughly recommended album indeed.
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