Regarding the album Asleep Next to You
“I am drawn to the intimacy implicit in this
collection by Magnetic Wind. The titles (and
indeed the inspiration noted by the artist) inform
us that this music explores the desire for
closeness and relationship. These are, in
essense, ambient love songs; I Want to Hold
Your Hand via Brian Eno, if you will. Of course this
music is really more mature in its approach to
love than the adolescent angst of the early
Beatles. Perhaps its more akin to an ambient
take on George Harrison’s Something from
Abbey Road–an expression of awe and
uncertainty and commitment all at once.” – Brad Ross McCleod, Free Floating Netlabel
Regarding Astral Vortexes:
“A great piece of electronic elegance. Fans of ethereal drift and electronica will want to add this little gem to their collection.
Astral Vortices begins with Infinity which evokes a sense of travelling, of discovery. The track begins with some quality electronic ambience. After a few minutes the beat kicks in and the track acquires a sense of joy and is quite uplifting. Following this is Contact, which contains regular hisses/static, just like those you associate with the manoeuvring jets on spacecraft seen in sci-fi films or what you’d expect to hear when turning the dial on a radio, searching for signals. These overlay some lightly upbeat synth sounds that gently carry the tune, and slowly become quite ethereal towards the end of the track.
The slow downtempo beat of Gravity gently picks you up and prepares you for waves of slow luxuriant sound that make for a particularly serious track. Bliss takes the listener back to the shore and the dazzle of sunlight through sprays of water. Light and gentle. Smiles and Sunshine
Satellite brings to mind the icy coldness of space. This gave me a real sense of travelling and seeing, more than the others, and remains upbeat. Two more tracks maintain the same pleasant atmosphere, Sonic Lullaby and The World Below. Both help finish the album on a gentle tide of ethereal sounds.
The album is quite obviously centered around travelling, and Magnetic Wind takes us on a journey through the universe. She says that at the time she wrote this she’d wanted to do a ‘space drift’ album that was “drift, ethereal and free floating through space”, designed to take you into the ether, beyond the physical state and which would allow the listener to “explore space”. Each track is designed to describe a singular Astral Vortice, or “universal journey”, which is what the whole album is about.
What I really like about Astral Vortices is the genuine ethereal nature of the sound. This is brilliant electronic ambience. Sometimes, electronic ambience can sound really cheesey, but Astral Vortices rises up above the rest. It captures the attention and tweaks the imagination in a positive way. If you like classic electronic and enjoy ethereal sounds, you’ll feel positively relaxed and re-charged after listening to this. Magnetic Wind has a philosophy based on finding beauty in the inner self and discovering beauty in others, and her music illustrates this wonderfully. ” – Mark Blood, Netlabelism
Regarding La Petite Morte:
One would not think an artist could make the leap from more new age inspired works to dark ambient with ease. Jessica Waters of Magnetic Wind proves this possibility with the release of ‘La Petite Morte’ on the Rain netlabel. Jessica states on her website, “There are times in life when we must embrace and examine the things that hurt us, create fear and cause us pain. My music, as for many artists, is a means of expression of the depth of emotions that are felt within. This work, is a musical expression of feelings of fear, betrayal, loss, and grief.”
Working in original composition, Jessica is conservatory-trained and does all songwriting, arranging, instrumentation, vocals, orchestration, mixing, engineering and producing for her releases. She has composed and performed in a variety of genres for over two decades. In 2004, Jessica released a self-titled short album of 6 songs entitled, Voices of My Ancestors, focusing on ethereal tones, harmonics and inspired voice. The 2009 debut album of Magnetic Wind met with rave reviews and she released Astral Vortexes in 2010. This year shows Magnetic Wind producing in a new, and often difficult genre for self-exploration and composition.
‘La Petite Morte’ rings out as a cry from deep within for personal understanding and comfort. A rich tapestry of sounds is woven with a sense of abandonment and loss and the struggle to make sense of these feelings as they unfold for the listener. While some of the tracks border on the suspenseful and often frightening, there are beautifully textured glimmers of hope that rise to the surface. However, there is always that feeling of doubt or trepidation lurking beneath. This collection of tracks is a vastly emotional work, allowing the artist to share an intimacy of spirit and personal torment with us. ‘La Petite Morte’ is inspired by a wide range of circumstance including the death of the composer’s own brother, states of deep fear from personal circumstance, and the loss of pure innocent love. These intense inspirations have made for a deep, dark and heart-wrenching platform for expression.
‘La Petite Morte’ presents as deeply personal overall with flourishes of cinematic quality which can be attributed to Magnetic Wind’s decades of experience in producing music that comes from within and serves as a true expression of the artist. Magnetic Wind has gone beyond this personal vehicle and allowed the listener to be faced with their own similar emotive states.
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