Beginning with the sound of crickets preparing for nightfall, the album guides the listener through a night in the Sonoran Desert, using keyboards and synths, sequencers, acoustic guitar, flutes, and other instrumentation. The sound is sometimes reminiscent of early Tangerine Dream, that rich blanket of multiple synths intertwining with melodies floating in and out at many levels. Tracks like ‘The Other Side (of Night)’ convey a deep mysterious feeling, affected with waves of tension and release, floating ever deeper into darkness, while ‘The Allies’ and ‘The Final Pass’ represent the opposite, proceeding with a more structured rhythm and melody, and a unique sense of embellishment. ‘Dawn of a New Day’ is essentially a quiet duet for acoustic guitar and flute, with synths providing some light background orchestrations. Perhaps the album's most stunning track, though, is ‘The Waking Time’, a heavenly orchestra of multiple synths shimmering like sunlight through the clouds, with melodies drifting out and in at various times, punctuated by the sounds of air expelling from a hot air balloon. Music doesn't get much better than this! In all, like I said before, a stunning and powerful debut.
- Peter Thelen, Exposé Magazine