All music composed, perfomed and produced by Andrew Forrest.|
- I am presence [15:15]
- Liquid light [18:08]
- Alchemy of the heart [18:46]
- Sacred marriage [20:36]
Recorded at Alchemy Arts studio, South Island, New Zealand, from August 2001 to September 2002.
The year 2002 saw the release of "Alchemy", Andrews first album four years after finishing the Star System Trilogy. The album contains four long tracks, all between 15 and 20 minutes and which heads a bit more towards New Age Music.
The first track starts with some pleasant piano before climbing into celestial heights. Its symphonic impact made me think of Mychael Danna, Michael Stearns and even Michael Neil.
"Liquid Light" also has a nice piano start before smooth choirs fade in, accompanied by glissando guitar, building a heavenly soundscape.
The third track features violin, horn and flute, and is the most New Age to me, as only the last 6 minutes let the heavenly spheres in again.
The closing 20-minute track "Sacred Marriage" features some bamboo flute and Irish whistle, which I think donīt belong in these deft soundscapes.
To me, "Alchemy" isnīt as strong as its predecessors due to its overall New Age nature.
Bert Strolenberg / SonicImmersion.org