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CD Feature/ Tom Heasley: "Where the Earth meets the Sky"

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Much has been written about the beauty of harmonics, the serenity of long, stretched-out tones in reverb and the meditational character of music that seems to be filled with Zen-like emptiness. But there’s a difference between reading about all of this and actually experiencing it – you’ll have to listen to “Where the Earth meets the Sky” to know what it’s about.

This is probably the reason why not too much has yet been written about Tom Heasley. It’s hard selling a music that can not be properly described and will never be played on prime time radio. Still, Heasley has created a comfortable niche for himself (he uses the Tuba as a basis for his compositions) and developed a unique style that is truly his own – no mean feat in the world of “drones” and “ambient”. While “Desert Tryptich”, his third and latest album, leaves the listener drifting in the heat, lost for time and direction, this, his debut envelops him with caressing warmth and puts his thoughts at ease. Especially the first two tracks, “Ground Zero” and “Western Sky” are gentle miracles of softly overlapping melodies, that constantly transform and shft position against each other, before ebbing off into silence. The remaining two pieces are somewhat rougher, scant and solitary. Heasley overblows his instruments, allows single notes to stand alone for much longer. The result is still devastating, foreign and yet strangely friendly.

Much has been written about music’s capacity to transcend language barriers and express the inexpressible. This is where it actually happens. This is where the Earth meets the Sky.

Homepage: Tom Heasley
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