Review by Matthew Forss (Inside World Music)
"Perpetual Day is the new solo project by Norway’s Gisle Pedersen. The latest release, “Worlds Afar,” is a mostly instrumental effort with symphonic sounds, scintillating melodies, and a barrage of electronic whirrs. The new age effects are bright, encompassing, and persistent throughout. A few vocal lines near the end of the song are borrowed from the late-Ellen G. White – an Adventist visionary and author.
“Worlds Afar” begins with a few spacious, aural keys that are muted, but vibrant. The symphonic washes of sound resemble ocean waves. The music is cinematic and refreshing with orchestral keyboard sounds leading the charge. Essentially, the opening two minutes is an introductory and instrumental portion of music that fits the title of cosmic music with a smidgeon of religious or angelic organ-like qualities. An acoustic guitar and punchy keyboard medley signal the start of a new musical progression, but it is just as enthralling as the introduction. However, the music is more upbeat and melodic with symphonic washes, various electronic buzzing, and an almost Celtic-inspired guitar styling. There are hints of Enya, Loreena McKennitt, and Vangelis in the instrumental interplay. The triumphant mid-song portion is very boisterous and cinematic with orchestral sounds, drum sounds, and a whirlwind of electronic washes. The music pulses up and down with vocal doos and reverberating synths with sparkling song textures and instrumentation that never lets up. The song feels like a cosmic cinematic journey that ends with a few male vocal lines of sung poetry from Ellen G. White’s writings.
“Worlds Afar” is an eleven-minute song that is littered with new age synths and keyboard washes. There are times the acoustic guitar chimes in, along with assorted percussion. However, the majority of the song is instrumental and electronically-inspired. The music is akin to the symphonic works of Tangerine Dream and the classically-tinged ambiances of Enya. The musical progression is relatively free of major digressions, but the song appears to have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Anyone with an interest in ambient, space, instrumental, and new age music will find satisfaction in Perpetual Day’s repertoire."
Artist: Perpetual Day
Song: “Worlds Afar”
Review by Matthew Forss
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
released October 30, 2012
Written and performed by Gisle Pedersen.
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