On their second
album for PRUDENCE the Dutch new instrumental group Althea W., who
had found many friends across the world with their contributions
to the compilations "Buddha Lounge", "Mystic Celtic"
and "Spirit Of Freedom" take the listener on an enchanting
trip through the human mind.
Bram Schenk, the mastermind behind Althea W., had deliberately seeked
a state of great mental peace when starting with the sessions to
this album in late summer of 2003. During the six months of recording
Bram started each day with meditations and a one hour walk through
the meadows around his home village, before entering the studio.
Then he started the daily dialogues with his instruments and computers
unrestricted by mundane problems and thoughts.
As on the successful first Althea W. album "Sinners And Saints"
the 10 tracks on "Crystal Silence" offer a sensual and
quietly cheerful mix of modern ambient sounds and ethnic elements.
Very melodic and always gently swinging the unmistakable Althea
W. sound incorporates African influences (stemming from Brams studies
of the Oya religion), spheric soundscapes in the tradition of Tangerine
Dream, modern trance grooves and sometimes even a subtle dose of
funk (as in "Space Dance" or in "Jaco Miles Away",
a touching tribute to the late great fusion bassist Jaco Pastorius).
A very beautiful, entertaining and uplifting kind of silence indeed!