A good writing session can straddle a thin line dividing reality and dream. If you write fantasy or science-fiction and that state becomes something of a necessity.
Out of the fabled confluence of the three rivers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania comes The Seven Fields of Aphelion and their new full length ambient LP, Keep The Ocean Inside. This is one of the most cosmically gorgeous and interesting recordings of 2017 or any year for that matter. Having been sent this album as a promo for review, I was surprised to find that this is the first album in seven years (since the band released Periphery in 2010) a span of time that seemed to signal a band that had come and go.
Well, thank goodness The Seven Fields of Aphelion did not as Keep The Ocean Inside tempts a crystalline beauty rarer than rubies. I keep coming back to that word — beauty — because, as simplistic as it may seem, beauty is the most apt description of the “new classical” tones I can come to. I have put this record on over and over while working on “The Widow’s Tale” a short story from my The Strange Air world as I have found myself getting lost in its many lush swells and watery ebbs.
While “The Widow’s Tale” doesn’t necessarily touch those genres, it has thrived under the influence of these moods. Each time my ear drifts and finds a soft and riveting synth signatures, my creative juices seem refreshed. Beauty is not always the pre-requisite for music as writing accompaniment. Sometimes though, beauty is precisely what is necessary and Keep The Ocean Inside is that in awe inspiring spades.
The album is available on the Seven Fields of Aphelion’s Bandcamp page for $10 download.
Are you a writer with a favorite album to listen to while writing? Have you given The Seven Fields of Aphelion a listen? What do you think?
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