Every now and then a little known album will crawl out from underneath more famous artists and scream for attention. This CD is Coalescence by Jim Cole and Spectral Voices....amazing improvised compositions by voice alone. This is one heck of an ethereal album.
~ Allan Bogle (WEVL), "Ambient Spectrum"
Coalescence is unique, sublime, extraordinary and beautiful....The angelic, dream-like presence captured by this recording makes listening to Coalescence an experience that relaxes the mind and body, as it feeds the imagination. ~ M. Jeffrey Schmidt, Massage Magazine
A decidedly original and fascinating album. Coalescence is unique in both its conception and execution....The outcome is a highly spiritual, mystical ambience. ~ Jeff Johansen (WJCU)
Breathtaking in its elegant mystical atmosphere
21 songs of deep listening inside a water tower
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This is music that touches something primal....not to be missed by anyone who sees music (and especially the human voice) as a vehicle for expressing something beyond the here and now. A truly transcendental experience.
~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire
"...the sound of a very personal gnosis, the kind of spiritual leavening that, once glimpsed into, reveals itself to be deep and vast....These Innertones capture a sense of the eternal, somehow, as only the best of ambient music can. This stolen glimpse into an oceanic landscape, foreign and seductive and familiar, is a place that we will never truly know in its entirety....I think you’ll find that these ghostly inner journeys are no less sweet in spite of their tantalizing ephemerality."
~ Brian Bieniowski - Innertones liner notes
It is amazing to realize that all the sounds on this CD were created with the human voice. You'd swear you are hearing a full symphony of electronic instruments and choirs, but yet it is indeed the hidden power of the human voice as revealed by Jim Cole & Spectral Voices.
Innertones is the sublime soundtrack music of our time, perfect for quiet contemplation, meditation, artistic inspiration, and trips to the stars.
~ Christopher Cameron, former radio host "Music of the Spheres"
...From joyous and celebratory to minimalistic and ceremonial, Innertones aspires to the highest levels of human expression....Waves of sound resonate beyond the individual parts to create voice-filled ethereal sound structures. Both chilling and glorious, the whistling overtones that characterize this singing style magically materialize in the swirling atmosphere above the sustaining bass and mid-range lines. A fragile apparitional sound, this mystical second tone above the root note comes from just one singer - and provides a deeply profound listening experience.
The group gathers together in a very reverberant space, a now empty 120 foot water tower....What begins as something like a group meditation soon becomes a moving ceremony as the yield of the ensemble's voices produces a sound extreme in both beauty and emotional character.
Sky will have the listener returning many times, attempting to both re-enter the zone this music puts one in and quantify an immeasurable factor that borders on the mystical.
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Resonant, Lush, Rich, Expansive Harmonies that blend together in a sound that warms your soul ~ Walter R. Williams
Spacious, floating, and ethereal, the combined human voices seem to stretch out and envelop everything, blanketing it in a layer of billowy softness.
~ Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire