Perhaps the most deeply ambient of Spotted Peccary's expanding catalog J. Arif's debut with this innovative label is a hauntingly gorgeous journey into dimensions far beyond anything we've known. Superbly detailed, flawlessly executed, awesomely imagined, A Vision Beyond Light takes us into the hyper-imagined realms of ambient realities, lucid dreams of angels in flight past chromatic stars of shocking beauty. J. Arif is an engineer as well as a composer and multi-instrumentalist, he uses state-of-the-art MIDI guitar synthesis, aeolian wind harps, keyboards and acoustic guitar, to create a totally unique musical expression that is exotically atmospheric and pungently impressionistic. A Vision Beyond Light is music made to be
listened to with headphones or a really good stereo, though played as
background to meditation or massage works well also. Given that, I want to emphasize that this is accessible music that is truly lovely to listen to, offering generous glimpses into spacious domains beyond, far beyond, mere light. Favorite tracks include the hedonistic, sensuous distillation of ‘From Extension Fields,’ the lovely, etheric ‘in Lucid Dreams,’ the high-flying, planet-chasing ‘An Embryonic Breath,’ and the peaceful, expansive serenity of ‘World Mind.’ The fabulous art work by Greg Klamt, a Spotted Peccary trademark, is gorgeous as always. For fans of heart-opening ambient textures that fill the mind with A Vision Beyond Light, J. Arif's new opus is a must.
- Steve Ryals, Fresh Tracks