Friday, May 7, 2021

Return Of The Star Elders By Lia Scallon


Return Of The Star Elders


Lia Scallon

Written by

Steve Sheppard


There is much to be found on this great, vast body of work entitled Return Of The Star Elders, by Lia Scallon.  We could start with the beautiful production that makes this album so compelling to listen to, we must also mention the narrative of the return of our star elders, which is breathtakingly well portrayed and beautifully illustrated, especially on tracks like Arrival Of The Star Elders, which contains a lush tapestry of instrumentation, an idyllic flute and Scallon’s wonderfully spiritual vocalese.

The narrative of this classic new age album is addictive, and one that takes us to various spiritual hot spots around the globe, such as Isle Of The Druids, where one can find a delicate and layered musical pastiche, a plethora of divine instrumental beauty, and the natural sounds of a coastline that begs to be visited by the siren like vocals of Scallon herself.

This is one of those albums that you will start to listen to with intent to note specific moments and textures, and then you will find yourself getting totally lost within the entire concept and project, and simply put, time then becomes meaningless.

A good example of the aforementioned comment could be found in the track Return To Lemuria, I found myself drifting across vast oceans of utter awareness and tranquillity listening to this offering, so much so that I had to listen a few times to transcribe my thoughts at all, a thoroughly hypnotic piece indeed, one that is so beautiful, and one that caressed great emotions from me as I wrote.

There can be no doubt that this is probably the best body of work created by Lia Scallon thus far, Return Of The Star Elders is a sublime collection of transcendent arrangements that have been wonderfully channelled and beautifully presented, and Scallon must also be applauded for making this entire narrative utterly accessible to all who have an open mind, a keen and generous heart, and a willingness and wish to listen to an album of sublime mystery, grace, colour and utterly wonderful fluent content.

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