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Genre: New Age
Year of Release: 1999
Music & Lyrics: Tim Wheater
Label: Real Music
Tim Wheater, an award winning composer, has built up an ambience of spiritual and meditation for audience with his premium musical craftsmanship in this album. He has shown his knowledge and talents in composed the spiritual melodies, beside that, he also played as a vocals and show his another marvellous talent in flute solo.
Incantation is voted as a best new age album of 1999 in New Age Voice Magazine. "Incantation is an exploration of my inner journey to a place of open-heartedness" Tim says.
Tim has done a perfect job in his flute solo and vocals, almost all tracks with a harmonic chorus and female soprano vocals perfectly boost up a very spiritual atmosphere of the music. Some tracks add in a bit of oriental element.
The higher climax of this album is the impressive track 4 "Dark Falls The Night", it's came to the early parts of the album and after that you may fall asleep to the rest! It should have another one or two climaxes follow up.
Track to track
1 En Trance ~ 5/5
The album opening with a dramatic drum play and a strange female vocal, a nice start in a very energetic and soothing melody. Then follow by a segment of instrument play, thereafter a flute floating in the air. The flute, the percussion, the female vocal and the chorus playing harmonically build an unfolded listening atmosphere. The dramatic drum is inspiring.
2 Seventh Ray ~ 5/5
After the climax of track 1, the opening of the mild tune flute of this track give you a very calm and comfortable feeling, together with a warmth male chorus build up a very soothing theme of this track. The female soprano came up next to join the theme with her perfect skill likely singing in the heaven accompanied by her female chorus. You can hear a short piece of warm cello and harp.
3 Uluru ~ 5/5
The next climax has uplifted again in this track. A strange title but a very dramatic and energetic melody, Tim's flute is as perfect as previous track. There are some other electronic elements and a nice piece of electronic banjo accompanied a soothing female chorus.
4 Dark Falls The Night ~ 5/5
This track is the soul of the album. A very spiritual male and female vocal starting already caught my attention with a very fresh feeling, and gave me a deep breath. The inspiring flute and the airy Celtic harp playing sensibly with the vocal and the female chorus spiritually uplifting your soul in the heaven. A very strong religious healing ambience boosted up to the highest climax of the album. Just close your eye and feel it. What a pity is that a second shorter track in this album (3:49)!
5 Benedictus ~ 4/5
The dramatic drum is again as in the first track and a Celtic pipe leading the opening. The melody in this track is a bit odd with the strange female vocals, but at 3:09 Tim's flute yet have a very soulfully blowing in the air. The drum and percussion is nice.
6 Pacificus ~ 4/5
A calm and peaceful electronic piece intro came in, than mixed with the female chorus.
7 Love Is Here ~ 3/5
A flute and a male voice speech with a background sound like in the night. This track is a very different style performs by a male vocalist, with female chorus and light percussion. The style is a bit odd to this album.
8 Whistler's Lament ~ 3/5
A male vocal starting, then yet the soothing flute playing by Tim. This times the rhythm of the flute with an oriental feeling. I can hear a Celtic harp and lately the warm cello and piano.
9 Circle's Edge ~ 4/5
A nice opening "Ah....ah...." by a female chorus, again the spiritual flute with a lively light percussion accompanied with the theme. The female chorus singing the oriental chant "Om mani pedme hom" with an energetic drum play.
Tim Wheater (vocals, flute)
David Lord (keyboards & arrangements)
Aoife Ni Fhearraigh (vocals)
Maureen Taylor (soprano)
The Aquae Sulis Angels (Chorus)
Leon Hunt (electric banjo)
Bruno Shrecker (cello)
Jenny Crook (celtic harp)
Will Gregory (soprano sax)
Clive Deamer (drums)
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Thanks for reading
Jason G ~ 27 Sept 2008
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 En Trance
2 Seventh Ray
4 Dark Falls the Night
7 Love Is Here
8 Whistler's Lament
9 Circle's Edge