Dawn TreaderFinalist - ZMR Music Award - Best Ambient Album
Cinematic in scope and depth, the majestic Dawn Treader is Chronotope Project’s first full length release on the Spotted Peccary label. Jeffrey Ericson Allen is the sole creative force behind the music, and he skillfully balances the compositions between mystical, ambient dreamscapes and organic, emotional melodic statements. The soundscapes – drawn from a variety of sources spanning ambient electronic, Western classical, and traditional world music – are textural, compelling, evocative, and meaningful.
Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ eponymous sailing ship from “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” the album’s wondrous musical narrative tells a mystical story that evokes the hero’s journey, suggesting a number of classic mythological and literary archetypes to the deep listener. The tracks are warm and inviting, masterfully orchestrated and choreographed into a musical collage of archetypal sonic chronotopes, each seeking the inner essence of an outward symbol.
The album begins with the title track, “Dawn Treader,” which enters at a distance, like a great mythological ship appearing out of the mist, bringing with it the rising sun, then turning again to sail off into the horizon. The mood turns dreamlike with “The Scent of Evening Flowers,” which offers a meditation on a line from the Japanese