By Richard, May 26, 2012
Highly gifted ambient composer and painter Andrew Forrest, born in the UK, but since 1998 residing in New Zealand, has returned during the end of 2011 with his 6th full length album and the first part of "Harmonics Trilogy", entitled "Resonance" and packaged in elegant 4-panel digipak. Andrew Forrest is definitely one of those well-hidden and strongly underrated artists journeying through gorgeous deep space realms. "Harmonic Resonance" is the sole track title, presented in three longer movements, all clocking between 20 and 24 minutes. "Harmonic Resonance - 1st Movement" reveals with slow-motion drones, venturing across various, richly textured and evolving phases, from more deeply drifting and powerfully colossal drama through slightly more lighter and melodic paths to heavenly peaceful washes, but always preserving Andrew Forrest's identifying ethereally tranquil sound sculpting, which easily holds the attention of each journeying listener throughout the entire lengthy composition. A brilliantly entertaining and harmonic soundscape!!! "2nd Movement" floates through beautifully grandiose open spaces, masterfully enriched by celestial choir-like sounds and tenderly tinkling bells, before swelling into more intense and progressing sonic cascades. Again brightly colored in depth and spaciousness, always amazingly evocative and filled with unmeasurable majesty and grace. Hauntingly magnificent washes lead "3rd Movement", ornamented with assorted bell sounds, fragilely swirling around listener's ears. Stunningly immersing composition that again advances into other, spectacularly dramatic and cinematic deep space domains, precisely highlighted also by additional angelic choirs. Purely eternal sonic bliss is here!!! And a splendid conclusion of this magically fascinating "Resonance"!!! In case you are not familiar with Andrew Forrest's discography, act now, it's highly recommended to all aficionados searching for thrilling deep space explorations!!!
Richard Gürtler (May 24, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)
By Katie, February 29, 2012
Once again, it has been a great pleasure to listen to Andrew Forrest’s new CD Resonance, Volume 1 of the Harmonic Trilogy. While I was listening I was thinking about how amazing all of Andrew’s compositions are and how surprising it is that his music is not better known, as every piece Andrew pens is a sophisticated classic, musically impeccable, full of depth, meaning and Soul.
I have been enamored with Andrews music from the first time I heard his CD Starseed, and fifteen years later, I find myself in love once again as I listen to this latest gem. There is a lightness of touch in the opening of Resonance that brings to mind a magical clearing populated by fairies. It gradually deepens into more potent tones but without losing in enchantment, eventually expanding into the broad soundscapes that are the signature trait of Andrew’s work. It is here that the heart expands and we are propelled into the higher dimensions of being, third eyes and crown chakras ablaze. If you are energy sensitive, it is literally hard to catch breath, as the energy transmission holds such high frequency. From this point onwards the music is a guide that opens doors to the higher worlds and magnificently paints with colored brushstrokes images of the infinite. Consciousness soars and our spirit merges with the One. And we become lost into the vibration of the transcendent, a journey in which all is found.
In many ways this CD should have been called Reverence, as this is the feeling it inspires, the reverence experienced when in the presence of the pure essence of all. Imbued with love in every note, this is an album that will be enjoyed by all old souls nostalgic of the vibration of home, as we are lead, one note at a time, into the arms of “The All”. Once again, outstanding.