“Cosmic Lullabies” by Doc & Lena Selyanina

I had this album on while I was in my floatation tank. I was drifting in and out of consciousness, then all of a sudden right in front of my field of vision, I beheld a golden sphinx-like head and it had golden stars above it.

It was an incredible vision. But only just as incredible as this excellent music.

Cosmic Lullabies is the sixth album from the Finnish ambient producer Doc and the Russian pianist Lena Selyanina, cosmic and meditative in its style and spirit.

The opening track Bell Meditation is a pure meditation song based on huge bell sounds that resonate and vibrate for extended periods of time. Gradually rising ethereal echoes from sacred eastern choral tradition mix with the bells to form a calm and majestic cosmic setting, perfect for deep relaxation and meditation.

The starting point for Neptune was Lena’s beautiful impressionistic piano improvisation moving in G# Minor, “the bluest of musical modes”, as Lena puts it. The piano then gets surrounded by a mysterious and meditative ambient soundworld. The entire 17 minute song can be interpreted as a long, symbolic probe-like dive through the blue, dreamlike gas layers of Neptune to ever deeper and darker realms, all the way down to the solid rock and metal core of the planet, and from there back to the starlight.

The final track Andromeda is an ambient voyage into the majestic sphere of our neighbour galaxy.

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