Dream Landscapes

by Bålsam

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about

Dream landscapes is a vision, a journey of thoughts, meditations and sound vibrations. Moving through mountains and páramos...the colors and the beauty in nature and all the things we can learn from her. The places I've lived and the places I've seen...cloud forests, vibrant jungles, beautiful rivers, superior lakes, tranquil oceans. The Rain, the sun, the moon, the sound of birds, the sound of the wind, my love for the northern winters and the snow...my home in Minnesota and my home in Colombia. I let the organics of nature guide the songs. It's like a detailed soundscape of what I really see, and of what these places made me feel. It's sound healing. My medicine. My animal heart.

Anthony Asher-Yates , June 2017

FLUID RADIO REVIEW by James Catchpole:
Dream Landscapes is a rare flower, blooming deep inside its tropical rainforest, the deep, low drones dripping as its petals collect the cool raindrops, providing instant sustenance, refreshment and a dash of colour. Shifting visions result in a mirage of notes, each one adapting to the loose sands under-foot. The stress of life parts like a white cloud. Sounds of nature emerge: insects, birds, streams. The deep and cluttered foliage of a jungle eventually leads to a trickling rivulet, and even the low-hanging branches of the trees bow their arms, worshipping the deity of the river with grateful roots, sinking into the water to take a drink, to sustain itself. These trees are hundreds of years old. The amount of life in this rainforest makes up a monsoon, each life nothing but a single raindrop that’s in the process of falling to the ground.

This is a dream world, a still lake of meditation and wellbeing sitting in the centre of it all. It’s often said that life is like a dream. It’s there one moment and gone the next, but it’s rarely smooth sailing, and heartache, pain and suffering bruise and darken this particular dream. In the world of Dream Landscapes, you’re free, totally liberated, from the stark colours of the real world, from the deep upset of suffering. Escapism in itself can be both a remedy and a dangerous precedent, but this is more than escapism: it isn’t burying its head in the sand because it’s already within you; it’s always been there.

Bålsam has conjured up a magical world. Gentle birds call out from the tips of those trees, and the muffled percussion helps to push the ripples outwards. But skulls stand on spikes in ‘The Ritual’, its rhythmically-precise, dull heartbeat involved in a dark practice, its bass swelling and fading and almost pushing the music into deep house territory.

It feels like a degree of suffering is needed in this life: it helps us to learn, to grow and eventually evolve, but Dream Landscapes has already dispensed with pain and unrequited feelings – it’s pushed past and progressed into peaceful, compassionate and forgiving music, reaching something like Buddhist enlightenment. A radiant smile lights up her face. We come here when we need to replenish our roots. When we need to pause. Life is like a dream, sweetheart.

credits

released June 27, 2017

All tracks by Anthony Asher-Yates
Mastered by Early Reflections
Thank you: Seth Bellow for mastering some of the tracks, my mother, father and brother. My companion in life Ana Carolina Sanjuan Cadavid, and all my beautiful friends who helped me along my journey.
Shimmering Moods Records 2017

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