In the wake of his stimulating download EP „Ambient Land“ which surprised as the first Lemongrass ambient release ever, Roland Voss did some homework to drop his first ambient album. And he did so with diligence, inspiration and dedication. As was the vibe on the EP which the basis of the 12 album tracks is taken from, the overall impression is of some dreamlike atmosphere, where gravity has ceased to exist and weight has lost its meaning. Extended to full album length, Lemongrass creates an artfully induced state of relaxation and concentration in which deeper parts of the mind become accessible and respond with joy. No beats but a pleasing breeze makes you explore the wonders of your inner self.
The opening track „Star Child“ calls for universal love and takes the listener on a journey to acknowledge his inner strength and positive energy. We are all star children ! The gentle keys of „Polar Nights“ take you into endless space, the purity of which is best compared by ice crystals and a flawless and innocent white. „Eclipse of the Sun“ is only strings and marks a break in time when you hold your breath and everything stands still. Then, slight variations of the sound pattern lead the way for peaceful introspection. „Coral Reef“ wraps you up in soothing warmth. The tender strings are enhanced by bubbling sounds, like fresh oxygen in the turquoise calmness of the sea.
After that, it’s time to move on. „Voyager“ has a floating vibe, a feeling of seeing the beauty of the world passing before your inner eye in the most breathtaking samples. Or is it you in space, admiring the blue planet earth? „Moonwalk“ is of such reconciliating quality that it opens up the heart and firmly plants a feeling of profound gratitude. „Inner Worlds“ is the track which probably most refers to the album title. Attentive listening reveals some disturbing underlying sounds and a train-like movement pushing you on. Above these inner currents is a redeeming hypnotic sound pattern calling for tranquility. One of the album’s finest moment appears with the opening chords and gently stroked cymbals of „Water People“. This track is so amazingly beautiful that it feels like colourful flowers popping up everywhere around you. Pling, pling, there are some more. The concluding „Lake of Lava“ strikes a more energetic chord, plucking vibrant sounds and sending them drip-dropping into the depth of the universal consciousness.
The album which also includes the tracks „Silent Dream“, „Evolution“ and „Summer Scent“ is so diligently arranged and beautifully crafted that it leaves you with a unique feeling of harmony and serenity. A truly hypnotic experience baring your soul’s most positive energy to yourself.
CD Release date: February 13th 2009
Digital release on iTunes: February 10th 2009
Other portals: April 10th 2009
Catalogue number: LGM 024