German-born New Age composer/performer Deuter has been turning out superb, very tasteful meditative albums for many decades now, and this is one of his latest. His intent on this disc was to reflect the moods of the night – its silence and soft songs. Although much of the scoring involves synths, Deuter always uses acoustic instruments too – including piano, harp, flute and sometimes exotic folk instruments. One of his most effective albums is mostly sounds made on clay flowerpots. Lengthened reverberation is part of the setting on most of the music, but it is tastefully handled. The melodies seem to evolve naturally and seldom sound corny or facile as on so many similar recordings. His work makes musical sense as well as affording a soothing or meditative background; that can’t be said of most New Age music.
Tracks: Dammerschein, East of the Full Moon, Vibrant Dusk, Moon-Silvered Clouds, Marfa Lights 1, Black Velvet Flirt, Earth Shadow, Marfa Lights 2, Dawn Shimmer.
– John Sunier