If the CD had contained only the track Dunes of Solace, I would have been satisfied. Deep it takes me into all things unaddressed, unnamed, unhealed and unearths them, bringing them to the light so that I may make friends with them, knowing they will hold me back no more. And the rest of the cd is great, too 😊🙏🏼❤️
This album went through all the emotions flowing in and out. Her voice takes you into a place that’s so entrancing you float, fall, fly and just let go and be one with it. Thanks for the beautiful album.
Inanna’s Dream is a multi-instrumental ambient sonic odyssey of pure emotion and enchantment. Through the six electroacoustic offerings, feelings of yearning, vulnerability and epiphany are infused into a heart and soul stirring expression that accesses the collective well of human experience. The alchemical blend of archaic and contemporary musical techniques and instruments, including the voice, activate a powerful opening into sacred space.
The rich landscapes invoked by Inanna’s Dream are borne from a life deeply dedicated to music and the healing arts. Alongside her work in holistic medicine, Serena Gabriel has been intently exploring the interweave of ancient musical instrumentation with modern technology. Intention, physical movement and breath guide her path in the creative process. This dance of energy is expressed, for example, through the breathing bellows of the harmonium, the earth tones of the didgeridoo and vocals that originate from a place of devoted authenticity. Adding to the vocabulary are various drums and percussion, flutes and lyre which breathe life into the live looping techniques, audio effects and synthesizer textures.
Inanna’s Dream is produced by ambient pioneer Steve Roach and is the premier release on his new Soundquest Music label (On Projekt Records in various digital outlets)The project also features his unique atmospheric contributions, adding yet another soulful infusion to the album’s soundworld mythology.
As the listener embarks upon Inanna’s Dream, Serpentine and the title track set the course by way of a ceremonial opening, conjuring the spirits through elements such as didge drones, the mystic callings of clay and wooden flutes and frame drum resonations guided by Serena’s emotive vocals and chant incantations. Traveling on, The Dunes of Solace with its melodic harmonium woven tapestry and Song of Sending with its poignant wordless vocals reveal a universal sense of longing, reverie and reconciliation. At this point, The Gazing Pool appears in a mirage like oasis, offering a tranquil alchemical combination of Steve’s radiant ambient guitar and synth atmospherics with the lustrous quality of Serena’s lyre. The closing track, Changing Tides, is a gorgeous electro acoustic slow flow of pure serenity and deep calm. Serena’s lilting Harmonium and Nord Lead synth waves ebb and flow with Steve’s lush Oberheim orchestrations; this combination creates a unique and truly timeless space of boundless oceanic grace.
Inanna’s Dream is a dynamic radiant transmission celebrating the multi faceted richness of life, in all of its exquisite beauty.
As a musician, dancer, healing arts practitioner and medicine music provider, Serena Gabriel’s years of experience working with sound and vibrational therapies infuse her evocative vocals, chants, mantras and music. She draws from a wide collection of electronic and unique acoustic instruments. A frequent live performer, she is equally at home in her recording studio full of synthesizers, loopers and effects while surrounded by an acoustic sonic palette of harmoniums, didgeridoos, flutes and percussion.
It is Serena’s aspiration that her dedication to the vast potential of sound for positive transformation can be experienced through the essence of the musical offerings she creates.
released August 28, 2020
Composed by Serena Gabriel, except 5 & 6 by Serena Gabriel and Steve Roach
Produced and mixed at the Timehouse by Steve Roach
Recorded at Ancient Waves and The Timehouse - Tucson and Baja Arizona - Spring and Summer 2020
Executive Producer: William Tisch
Serena: Harmonium, Vocals, Flutes, Lyre, Frame Drum, Dholak, Rattles, Roland Juno 60, Nord Lead 2, Gibson Echoplex, Roland RC 505
Steve: Oberheim OB8 and DSX, Xpander, Nord Lead 4, Sequential Pro 3, Parker Fly Guitar, Spirit Breath, Gibson Echoplex
Mastered by Howard Givens - Spotted Peccary Studios NW, Portland, Oregon
Cover art by Dawn Wilson
Graphic design by Sam Rosenthal
dormant but not sleeping
awaiting in movement
loving, present, decisive
the way is clear
it all makes sense
the enchantment, the trust,
the sorrow, the adventure,
the curiosity, the disappointment,
the joy, the contentment,
one with the infinite
honor the reflection
As a pioneering cornerstone of ambient-atmospheric-electronic music, internationally-renowned artist Steve Roach has dedicated four decades to exploring myriad soundworlds that connect with a timeless source of inspiration.