I have had a few personal experiences of Gong showers, each
of them were simply breath taking and some quite emotional, others were perfect
for the releasing of negativities energies. Here on this new album Charleene Closshey takes the whole
matter a stage further and moves onto an interplanetary stage.
ALIGNED: A Planetary
Mantra & Gong Shower is without a doubt an album you need to dedicate time to, it is so deep,
powerful and far reaching, give yourself space and time, and just go for it, be
solidly in the moment; from the very first composition entitled Sun, the centre of our solar system, we
are gifted a piece that is so vast, that the nature of this red hot opener
encapsulates everything and everyone with its burning energies, the Gongs
resonate with such an intensity, while Closshey symbiotically harmonises with
her blissful vocalisations in what is a perfect start.
We drift towards one of our smaller planets in Mercury, or in our islands Greek Mythology he would be known as Hermes, the messenger; here we find a
blissfully delicate and fluent ethereal arrangement, the vibrational tones for
me were quite high, and in some ways reminded me of the upper chakra
resonances, however this would be one of my favourite tracks off the album,
although that in itself is absurd as the whole album should be really taken as
a complete journey.
Since Holst created
The Planets, I have been enamoured by
interpretations of the wondrous planet of Venus through music, here on the
track Venus, Charleene Closshey brings a blanket of sensitivity to the party on
her own invention, the angelic harmonics in this manifestation alone are enough
to move you to the very root of your soul, the gentleness and thoughtful warmth
within this composition are pure paradise, and the distant overture of tone
something deeply delightful.
The contrast to the last peace as we now move to the track Mars was palpable, but in an almost
earth element style, this is a track that is more grounded that the air
elemental energies of the last piece, however there is something incredibly
attractive about Mars that is
totally addictive, and also very meditative too, there is a depth here that has
to be felt as well as listened to in one of the most profound tracks off the
We now traverse the asteroid belt and arrive at what is
believed to be the oldest planet in our solar system and known by its Roman
name Jupiter, the bringer of Joy, and ascribed to the Greek god Zeus. This goes some way to express the
regal and deeply spiritual chants throughout this stunning arrangement, it
would be all too easy to get lost within the realms of Jupiter’s power, grace
and sacred vibrations, at what is the longest track off the album at well over
15 minutes in duration.
Saturn, the multi ringed planet and second largest in our
solar system, the Greeks reference Cronus to Saturn, and that depth of time and age says a lot for the compositional
structure of this piece entitled Saturn,
deliciously long form as you would expect, this arrangement has a well of
ancient energies within its walls that make it so very appealing, the
vocalisations and gongs come and go, whilst the crescendos deliver a time worn
offering that is so vast and incalculable.
Our ship of tone and timbre reaches the world named Uranus, this icy cold planet is
depicted with such class by the artist here, so much so that one could with
ease get lost in its musical environment, this is a moment of tone and vibration
that builds amazingly well, and then releases its timbre with a slow drift in
the same way a returning tide does in the ocean, an outstanding vibrational
As we drift deeper into this quite otherworldly release, we
come across one of my personal favourites form the album, a composition
entitled Neptune. This was a
powerful repose into tone, the vocalisations and gongs provide a safe pathway
though what in my view is a crisp meditative arrangement, this creation has an
amazing energy about its construction, and is also a piece that allowed us as
listeners, room to enjoy the vastness of its musical creation.
Being old school, I still regard Pluto, out next piece, as a planet, however this icy cold
composition is simply perfect in all of its aspects, I found this without doubt
to be the most ambient constructs from the album, its relationship
astrologically and scientifically with Neptune is an important factor, akin to
this worlds size, this is the shortest track off the album, but one I dearly
loved and deeply enjoyed many times over.
Our penultimate journey is an extremely interesting one, in
fact until this moment I had never known of this goddess, but found my research
into Sedna fascinating. Sedna is the goddess of the sea and
marine animals in Inuit mythology,
and I believe that the artist has created one of the most original new age
styled tracks in bringing this quite mysterious and deeply riveting track into
manifestation. When one listens, we can with ease visualise a calm and
strangely misty ocean, a world where the mistress of the sea rules, and all can
be at peace within her realm; this has to be one of the most stunning offerings
from the release with ease.
From our solar system and onward, what lies ahead is Deep Space. This is our last composition
off the album, but easily the most enticing, whilst it could be said that this
may be the end, it could also be the beginning. Here Closshey’s vocals come
into a perfect symbiosis with the massive crescendos of her gongs. This final
piece is so vast and wide it creates an open portal to tranquillity for the
listener, and of course a sublime way with which to leave the album.
ALIGNED: A Planetary
Mantra & Gong Shower by Charleene Closshey has to
be one of the most unique album of its style for a decade at least, the ever
eager listener has almost 2 hours of Gong magic to behold, partner that with
her vocalisations, it gifts the holder and listener a musical experience of
tone and vibration that they are unlikely to forget, this mammoth body of work
has certainly put the genre of new age music firmly back on the map, and this
is going to be an album that should take the charts by storm.