Liquid Mind CDs typically come with a warning to take care when operating vehicles or machinery because the music may cause drowsiness. Designed for de-stressing this music achieves its aim admirably, it's the first Liquid Mind album that I've heard and definitely won't be the last now I've been introduced to this wonderful musician's work. The defining thing about the music, and why it is so successful at reducing stress and anxiety, is the slow tempo; listening often becomes like mentally bobbing about slowly on a subdued but not becalmed sea.
All of the six tracks (ranging between six and fifteen minutes in length) are of the free form flowing ambience type, and in some tracks there are brief and gentle bubbling sequences. Even though the music consists of drifting and flowing synth sounds there often seems to be a structure of some kind, it almost seems as though one could speed up the music to discern a melodic structure.
The opening track "Warm in You" is indicative of what Spirit has to offer. Calming synth tones coupled with airy brushes of sound and gossamer vocals sedately create a warm embrace of music, it's like the sonic equivalent of having a warm blanket in which to snuggle one's weary body and mind. Subsequent pieces are essentially variations of that musical template; one of my favorites is "Teach Me to Whisper" which verges on the melodic more than most of the tracks. The rising and falling of sounds in this piece made me imagine eavesdropping on an intimate conversation between two mellifluous voices.
Spirit contains some of the most poised and relaxing music I've heard for a while. This is an album that one should take time out to listen to every now and again whether stress relief is needed or not; be prepared to slow your mind down to the music's pace in order to get the most out of it.