Dark and moody piano textures enchant, etherial symphonies of sound envelop, and pulses of rhythmic vibrations conjure intense visions in yet another ingenious John Flomer creation.
Night In The Vapor JungleJohn Flomer
I know New Age is a term/style many of us love to hate; even self-assumedly open-minded folks as myself may find lips curling into a sneer around that term and the worst of sounds associated with it...
Though, when you spend a night in the vapor jungle, you find yourself surrounded by the atmospheric moodiness of 10 pieces of john flomer's new age piano music... and in this case, that is largely a comforting prospect to look forward to.
Cascading piano notes twinkle in ori arin's majestic choral/synth stream, radiating with faraway thunder and effervescent light. A glistening bauble from some neo-medieval fantasy world, the chiming doublets and triplets of trinket bask in simple, sweeping loveliness.
Progressive new age arrangements guide the charm wind on its semi-symphonic course. This would be a track that, despite its poise and grandeur, leans toward the overly emphatic... unlike weeping cavern where melancholy pianotones hushedly radiate within their own little expanse. A light tribalistic rhythm propels listeners through the veil, into Flomer's world, revved up with magic synthsounds, choirs and his pianofortes.
The lush choral drifts of centuries (7:00) are overlain with multiple layers of ivories a'tinkling. My favorite moments are where the notes veer into wholly unexpected territories. Solemn beauty flows during moon breaks free (3:21) as nimble fingers send notes skyward, leaving a trail of resonance.
I enjoyed my night in the vapor jungle; the calming sounds genuinely warmed my listening space during the hectic December pre-holidaze. While I would personally prefer a little less polish, the composer obviously has his own vision and seems to have attained it. An 8.1 for gorgeous sounds, no matter what title one might choose to apply to them.- Ambientrance
John Flomer is a master sound designer and arranger. He is at his best when building dynamic soundscapes and romantic atmospheres. Night in the Vapor Jungle is a melodic set of electronic new age compositions from Spotted Peccary Music. Flomer augments his electronic soundscapes with a gentle acoustic piano and subtle wordless vocals. Deep listeners will feel the drift as the music builds clouds of serenity and peace. The psycho-sonic refrains will affect listeners in subtle ways. Even casual listeners will have to smile as they enter Flomer's exotic sound world. As with his other Spotted Peccary discs, this CD will appeal to fans of Suzanne Ciani, Jonn Serrie, Kitaro, and Steve Halpern. This disc is excellent for romantic encounters and affairs of the heart.- Jim Brenholts, AllMusic.com
Piano, synths, and various symphonic embellishments are offered here in ten
tracks ranging 3:20 to 6:59. Flomer has all the traits of Constance Demby, Tim Story,
Vangelis, Peter Buffet, David Lanz, Roger Eno, and Harold Budd sprinkled everywhere
in this deeply contemplative, moody, and misty meander. Flomer utilizes simple themes
of relaxation balanced against evolving undercurrents of tension/release. Synth
orchestrations can be Demby lush, Vangelis bombastic, or even W. Carlos/Nik Tyndall
evocative. You will find only a few tracks of upbeat, rhythmic moments. Flomer is
predominately a spartanly melodic, stair-climbing, onward progression-oriented
composer. Begin simply, augment, improv over, build, then reverse the process. It works
for most out there that love such relaxing aural journeys. Flomer does a fine job of
putting all the elements seamlessly. This is music to disappear by, slowly, gently -- gone.
What continues to amaze me, one piano/synth release after another, is how so very many
continue to echo a pivotal 1980's release called The Waiting by Peter Buffet.
Perhaps the piano and synth peformed in a that introspectively heady, New Agey mood
must naturally evolve into similar scenarios. If you prefer your piano with emotive synth
framing, then go with the Flomer flow. Ahh . . .