Daughters of Atlas (2009)

electronic  acoustic  abstract  impressionism  world music 

Daughters of Atlas (2009)
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Abstract swirling melodies float over subtle pulsing beats ..."Daughters of Atlas" is at once enchanting as it is pensive.

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Celestial Ceiling has built a unique mythology over the years and has developed a loyal and diverse following. His debut record has become something of an underground classic, having made its debut on nighttime AM broadcast airwaves in Los Angeles and spun in Silverlake lounges. The record seems to appeal equally to the upturned nosed, handlebar mustached, self proclaimed hipsters as it does to soccer moms and librarians.

It is no surprise that Celestial Ceiling's career began by creating soundtracks to Theater productions in the berkshires and then on to film scores in Los Angeles. The album's creator claimed to have made this record in a rapid fire session months after being visited by a supposed "legion of extra terrestrial, higher dimensional beings of light" -- as far fetched as that may sound. The sonic landscapes presented on this record certainly feel like dreamy, mystical expressions of some uncharted foreign planet or upper realms of the atmosphere. However, the music seems utterly void of any easy popular "space music" reference points, and has more in common with an impressionist painting, and yet feels refreshingly unique.

Ultimately the albums plays from start to finish as a true concept record, and seems to be so effortlessly humble in it's creation, the album has a certain purity and sweetness, it just seems to float over the listener, either receding into the background or washing over the subconscious as far as one invites it in, but the record feels different with each listen. A good listen for the gym, night driving, a sunday brunch, deep meditation, or for the soundtrack to a short film about the cosmos. 5 stars.
-AMFMReview, Los Angeles

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Harp, guitars, strings, keys, piano, electronics, drums, percussion, programming, didgeridoo, saxophone

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