When Eternity Touches
Jim Ottaway’s stylish music has been in my life
for some years now and many of his albums grace my hallowed musical database,
now I can add another to my electronic playlist of choice it is entitled When Eternity Touches Time. This
vibrant new offering has a whole new energy about its construction and I love
The power play of the opener is terrific and called Parallel Worlds and reminds me in style
of AD music’s Ashok Prema (Electric Eyes of Man).
This exciting new offering contains variances of electronic
genius and textured intelligence; an example for me would be the temperate
offering of Second Sight, a piece
that seems to hover with a sultry intent, and a backdrop that is literally
holding back and building anticipation along the way.
There is something about this album that contains a real
freshness of approach and a freedom of expression, the rhythmic tones of Clouds Hide The Sun is a perfect
example of that statement, the keyboards and synths here are creative in mood
building, and offer a lush layer of musical creativity.
After only listening to a quarter of this album I realised
that I was probably listening to the best work yet from Ottaway, this is EM at
its very best and tracks like Playing
With Fire prove that point. The artists muse is in full creation mode here,
with essences of some incredibly smooth synths and mixed with a crafted
Diamonds in the Rain is another fine mood filled opus
that has a grand sense of the cinematic about its presentation; one could sense
the Jean-Michel Jarre force within
the weave of this beautiful song. This would make one very good single, the
melody is deeply memorable, the tempo and construction doubly so and yes one of
my personal favourites off the release.
At the half way marker we come across a tentative little
number entitled No In-Between. A
clever offering this and one placed in the perfect position on the album, it is
as if we are crossing from one energy to another, a delicate and mysterious
piece that seems to float around you in a whole new realm of ambience.
As we tip-toe into the latter half of the release we come
across an almost angelic offering entitled Perpetual
Epiphany. There was a wonderful resonance about this piece that I adored;
the performance was bathed in a more mystical tone, rather than one of a
mysterious nature; the synth and keyboard work here in this composition
contains one of the finest examples of build and progression you will find in
The Skies the Limit is up next and this positive and
vibrant offering is a truly exciting and powerful arrangement, one that I
simply got utterly lost in whilst listening to Ottaway on his synths. This is
classic EM and another superb offering that I was completely blown away with,
and at times one that reminded of electronic musician Geigertek.
I regarded this next piece with total respect, the work here
manifested by Ottaway was thoughtful and purposeful in its approach, and the
synths used to create a wonderful sense of art on the composition Between Truth and Dreams were
delectable. The tempo within this piece is utterly addictive and the little
nuances contained within truly crafted.
Now for that moment when we walk hand in hand with the title
track of the album, that blank canvas that is an opportunity to give us eager
listeners an true overview of the entire concept, and of course called, When Eternity Touches Time. There is a wonderful pictorial lightness to this
arrangement that I loved. I also sensed a well of emotion here that was so
strong in the performance that it moved me to tears, what a title track indeed,
a masterful opus of truth and love, a heart on the sleeve moment.
Our penultimate piece is entitled Isolated Realms, Ottaway picks up the pace here and raises the
energy in another wonderfully rhythmic arrangement, this is one of those
offerings that is hard to resist, and its percussive bass is a delectable and
tantalizing offering, an almost funky at times.
So we are at that final dimensional rift, but before we cross
over and back into our realm of reality, we have one more gift from the author
of this fabulous new album, it is called Eternal
Changelessness. Once more thanks to Ottaway’s stylish genius of performance
I drifted away to this almost ethereal opus of brilliance, for me it was a
wonderful 12 minutes plus of heaven.
When Eternity Touches
Time by Jim Ottaway in my view,
and I hope Jim doesn’t mind me saying this, is his best work so far, I am going
to rave about this offering to everyone I can for a long while to come, it is
packed with well written arranged and composed compositions, it weaves a
narrative beautifully throughout the album, and even more so Jim Ottaway has in my view made the
genre of electronic music vastly more accessible in 2020, thanks to the release
of this amazing new collection of brilliant songs.