Deborah Martin & Jill Haley: The Silence of Grace (Spotted Peccary, 2021)

May 9, 2021 at 11:44 am | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Deborah Martin & Jill Haley: The Silence of Grace

The first collaboration between Spotted Peccary regular Deborah Martin and Jill Haley (One Alternative, longtime William Ackerman collaborator) is super pastoral new age that perfectly matches the paintings of waterfalls, mountains, forests, and caves that make up the album’s artwork. Haley’s oboe and English horn gently roll across the fields of lush synths, and it generally feels light, warm, and uplifting. “Indian Heaven” has softly pounding drums and shakers, but it’s largely free-floating and beatless. “Verdant Sanctuary” has some gorgeous sparkling melodies, and “From Fire Into Water” has didgeridoo-types droning rhythms in its first half, although the instrument isn’t credited so I think it might be electronically generated. “Water Flows of Clouds and Thunder” similarly has synths that imitate harp-like tones, and it sounds exactly like its title, even ending with a brief burst of thunder. Thoroughly soothing and imaginative work.

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