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AquaEssence: An Ocean of Calm

Amberfern, aka Dr. Clive Brooks, has released a peaceful, meditative album with AquaEssence that coalesces around the concept of water and the ocean as a source of tranquility and as a catalyst for our imagination.
 
Amberfern has interspersed the sound of the ocean throughout his compositions in a way so as to enhance the compositions and give the listener a secondary object to latch onto, as his music acts as the sail on the boat of our inner minds allowing us to drift on an ocean of peace. The sound of the ocean is never overpowering to the music itself which is something that I am always grateful for as a listener to many albums that feature nature sounds. The sounds can be used to gently illustrate the point that an artist is trying to make or it can be very distracting from the music if not mixed properly into the song.  Amberfern has achieved a good balance with his use of water on AquaEssence and it offers the listener a reminder of the purpose behind the compositions.
 
The electric guitar is the primary instrument that Amberfern uses to express his ideas on this album but the sounds are gentle and they simply drift across the canvas of this release quietly illustrating the fluid nature of his music. Amberfern is a flexible musician so the guitar is not the sole illustrative tool that he uses in his compositions. He uses the piano to great effect on many of the tracks as well as the flute, the acoustic guitar, congas, hand percussion and some synthesizers as well. Whatever he chooses to use though has been carefully considered in relation to his music and then combined in a masterful way to maintain the flowing feel of water that moves skillfully through all of his compositions. It is apparent that Amberfern has spent some time with these compositions during the production of AquaEssence and has drawn from his compositions the "spirit" of the ocean which allows the listener to immerse themselves, so to speak, in the water of these songs.
 
One of my favorite songs on the album is “Ocean Sunrise” which spotlights several of the instruments that Amberfern has brought to bear on the element of water. The flute, the acoustic guitar, the piano and a quiet beat that acts as an anchor to the composition and allows each instrument to step up and be heard and yet be an integral part of the whole. With the waves and the seagulls in this song it is the perfect combination of elements that make this album able to create the lush soundscapes of the ocean right there on your speakers, or better yet, on your headphones which will allow you to pick out all of the nuances that fill Amberfern's music.
 
The ocean is still a mysterious place whose depths have barely been explored, but it is life to all of us who call earth home and a home to the creatures who swim there beneath the waves. The ocean is both a known and an unknown, it is peaceful and calming, but can also represent adventure to some as they set sail for new lands. Amberfern’s music is mostly the peaceful and calming aspects of this, but he also has hints of the adventure that awaits those who view water in a different way. However you see the ocean that Amberfern has painted on this release, you will find something here that will allow you to be reflective about something that covers so much of our planet and is absolutely necessary for all of us to exist.  So sit back, relax and allow the music of AquaEssence to massage your mind and carry you away to the depths of the ocean where your daily concerns will melt away for an hour or so.

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Michael Foster