Kelvin L Smith 'Reclining
Tracklist and MP3s:
5. Lonely Longing
7. Aqua Vitae
8. A New Land
10. Ocean of Milk
11. A Moment Passed
superbly realized, and thoroughly captivating."
Latest review - Wind and
Wire December 2003
From the Farfield Records label,
previously known more for music that explores the worlds of dark ambient,
found sounds, collage, musique concrete, and other abstractions, comes
a most pleasant surprise - a collection of ambient tone poems that are
diverse yet unified by a constant sense of calm and repose (as evidenced
by the album's appropriate title).
Kelvin L. Smith explores eleven sonic landscapes that cover a subtle assortment
of moods and styles, but all of them contained in the ambient universe.
The album opens with the nature-enhanced (water trickling and subtle birdsong)
'Freshwater,' which features reverberating bell tones and an occasional
strummed zither-like sound. The CD moves forward to the warm assemblage
of undulating washes and shimmering synths of 'Mountain of Light.' After
that, 'Sonosync 58' floats in amidst the sound of waves gently lapping
the shore, soon joined by Mychael Danna-like sparse melancholic piano
notes, painting a sadly beautiful portrait of loneliness which is further
enhanced by the later addition of luxurious synth strings (again, sounding
like Dannaıs work on his brilliant recording Skys).
The CD ends with a song that starts off with nature sounds (bird song)
but soon evolves into a sly rhythmic track, kind of like what Jeff Greinke
is doing on his latest release (Weather from Another Planet), in that
the elements of rhythmic ambient music are combined in a warm and friendly
way but flavored with a dash of quirkiness which is thrown into the mix
to keep things from slipping into overly 'commercial' waters.
Iıll admit to being shocked when I played Reclining Music the first time.
Nick Webb (the man behind the Farfield label) had informed me this was
atypical of previous label recordings (ironically, Nick himself composed
'Sonosync 58' on this album). Even given that caveat, I was unprepared
for how 'pleasant' this CD is, albeit that doesnıt mean itıs too new agey
or mushy. As the liner notes describe it, the CD is 'A collection of cliché
free ambient tracks for relaxation. Guaranteed free of whale-song and
nose-flutes!' I would add to that description 'expertly produced, superbly
realized, and thoroughly captivating.' Fans of minimal electronic keyboard
music that still contains some melodic elements will almost certainly
enjoy this recording.
Kelvin L. Smith has fashioned a rock-solid collection of ambient tracks.
Reclining Music indeed! Time to recline in style, Iıd say! Highly Recommended!
Kelvin's debut CD 'Lapis lazuli' was released to rave reviews in the late
90s on the EMMA label, which was followed up a year later with the follow-up
'Galaxy Gate'. He also featured on a special project CD 'The Sky Goes
All The Way Home' which was released world-wide on VoicePrint Records,
in company with such artists as Robert Fripp, Rick Wakeman and Biosphere.
Kelvin was invited to perform at the annual Vangelis convention in London
in 2000 and has recently appeared as a guest on BBC Radio Derby's 3 hour
show 'Soundscapes' as a guest of Ashley Franklin.
'Chilling for Britain'..Stressed out ? Listen to Kelvin L Smith's music
at mp3.com. You soon wont be. Its like laying in a Pembrokeshire field.
But without the rain or sheep. ('MP3 Magazine' from Future Publishing
Review and article in 'SEQUENCES' magazine,plus various Synth music catalogues
world-wide. Also a guest on BBC Radio Derby's 3 hour show 'Soundscapes'
with Ashley Franklin
"One of the best collection's of (ambient) compositions in this style
I have heard", Bob Saker-Sequences Magazine no.20
"mentioned him to me as one to look out for.He was right,this is a lovely
release....if you are not as relaxed as my cat grizzly after a whole can
of Whiskers lying by a warm open fire by now then you are in need of serious
medical attention",Dave Law-Synth Music Direct.
"a truly memorable album this turned out to be-ambient space music at
its best. Kelvin L Smith sounds American but he comes from Wales and we
expect there is much soaring of string laden synths in the valleys.This
is cosmic,drifty and quite beautiful in parts. Its not quite celestial
but very subtle and,at times understated which gives the whole work an
interesting perspective.Recommended", Midas Records.
"LAPIS LAZULI represents the best of 'ambient' in that it is accessible
with memorable pieces whilst at the same time satisfying the dream-like
medative states that characterise this genre...and the track KIMBERLITE
is worth the asking price in itself", Steve Roberts,Sequences Magazine
"this musician from South Wales
has come up with an extremly good rhythmic/ambient album",Mick Garlick
"the best thing I have heard since 'Tubular Bells'", John Davies, Poet
Kelvin L Smith has composed
a jouney, as the saying goes, through time & space, an album which goes
deeper after just one play! a concept, a belief, a way of life", Review
of 'Galaxy Gate',Sequences Magazine No:22
" Kelvin L Smith's music certainly inspires emotion and I certainly prefer
his work to a number of releases within this genre emanating from North
America....there is no denying that Kelvin L Smith should gain recognition
as an ambient master ".
Synth Music Direct magazine , March 2000.
" Kelvin is here on merit though, his debut album ' Lapis Lazuli ' is
a azure of gentle, emotional ambient waves, flowing with beautiful textures,
both airy and deep. Claire's story moved Kelvin to compose a piece where
he aimed " to recapture the airy uncluttered sky vision gently unfolding...peaceful
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