Organic meets synthetic in Tucker Winstanley's latest dreamy, atmospheric album Heal. Winstanley has a background in soundtracks for films and while the album is mostly instrumental there are in depth stories being told in the music. I will admit, this one is very sleepy, but that's okay. That's one of the intended results. If you manage to stay awake, which I think is more than doable, there is a lot to take in.
The entire album is very thought provoking. Right from the start with "So We Went Swimming" which comes off as romantic and whimsical. "With Blood On My Lips," had incredibly charming touches of Americana woven deep into the electric element, it was like he had created a genre and I was totally into it. There is a unique flavor to all of the tracks and there are also constants that tie it all together. The biggest constant I could hear was a presence of nature and an admiration for one's surroundings.
One thing Winstanley has mastered is the deconstruction of organic sounds. He essentially takes a familiar sound and turns into a completely unheard of instrument or perhaps even voice, depending on what is being done. He digs very deep into sounds to find the dreamiest and most ambient tones. It feels very methodical.
Another thing that wowed me about this album is that the entire thing is a one man show done out of his apartment and various coffee shops in Brooklyn, New York. Considering the depth that is portrayed, I did not even take a moment to consider if this was a home recording project. I'm not entirely surprised. Winstanley is a professional composer and today's technology and resources allow one person to accomplish so much. I don't know if it is so much what tools he was using as it is that he had the capability to do it. You'll be able to tell that he had a clear vision of what he wanted this album to be and he executed it perfectly.
The music really is beautiful, but I think what I love most of all is how unexpected it is. The airy light feel is complemented with a vastness that grounds everything and gives the music weight. This is not just some dream pop album. It’s something a bit more serious than that. I imagine there is a film in his head he is composing for and what's truly wonderful is you can make a film of your own.
The title for the album Heal is perfectly appropriate. I felt wonderful after listening to it. It's sort of like a palate cleanser for anything that might be going on inside your mind or around you. I feel as though almost anyone could use an album like this in their collection. I think even the most enthusiastic music fans forget to beef up their collection of ambient, relaxing music, myself included. There are so many situations where I could see myself wanting to have this music handy.
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