Gary Anthony is an artist from Cambridge, UK who recently released Into The Light. Anthony started working on music when tape was the standard and has since moved into the digital realm.
His music is instrumental and eclectic on this four-song EP. The songs which all have a different flavor were smooth and well mixed to my ears. One of the other things the songs had in common is there was rarely a lead which made me want to classify it as ambient in some cases.
I have been listening to ambient artists like Fennesz, Keith Fullerton Whitman and Stars of the Lid recently and the genre has come a long way since the ’70s. Brian Eno is often regarded as one of the fathers of the genre and just recently I was listening to some of his early work. The opening track “Light in its Own Time” reminded me of Eno’s early work to an extent. The song contains not much more than sine waves and fluctuating filters similar to Eno but perhaps more notable are the alien and cosmic overtones. This song is seven-plus-minutes long and puts you into this self aware mediative wonder that is often the case with this style of music. Suffice it to say that I felt like I was in a certain head space after this song.
“Place In Time” had a different vibe and energy. I would say some of that was definitely due to the drums but the song has an airy, funky vibe. It had a bit of a general new age type flavor to it. There are times I’ve eaten at “trendy” restaurants where I feel like a very similar style of music is playing. “Hidden Journey” is actually a pretty short journey at two minutes. There was again a noticeable new age type of flavor to this song. It’s hypnotic with a heavy beat, synths and wood instruments of some kind.
“Secret Garden” starts off kind of the way I was anticipating but goes in a direction we haven’t heard from the artist on this EP. It starts with piano chords and an airy pad. There are synths, bass and drums that enter in the song and I had some ’80s nostalgia at this point. The song is more or less building until more rock oriented drums come in as well as guitar. At this point the song does still feel like a build as distorted chords ring out. As the song progresses there are more layers which are added and I was still waiting for a type of crescendo to have the song explode but Instead the drums drop out. The drums enter again but this time it’s funkier and has a free style, improvisation type feel. That groove plays out till the end of the song with minor deviations.
Anthony displays some talent and diversity on this EP. I felt like these songs would be perfect for a lounge type setting for some of the reasons stated above. Take a listen.
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