Revelation can be put into words, and other times it goes past that into pure feeling. This music captures both beautifully.
'Light is stronger than darkness' declares the chant in "A Prayer of Desmond Tutu", led by the archbishop himself. Lustrous words are at the spiritual heart of these songs. Composer James Whitbourn has turned lucid reflections of seers through the ages into choral psalms of illumination. Their confessional moments of clarity give form to hope, and beaming paths for the chorus. The monumental seven-section title piece "Luminosity" interprets brilliant quotes in spectral chorales with undertones of Indian trance.
Conversely, "There is no speech or language" aptly describes the other side of revelation, the undescribable rush of emotion. Chorals are so sonorously beautiful that they escape words into pure tones. Whitbourn weaves these textures of emotion into evocations of soaring grace, or comforting solace, or jubilant release. "Alleluia Jubilate" is breathtaking, so radiant it stuns you into rapt stillness. This music is like dappling sunlight. It describes something deeper and wider than words can reach. It is trancendent and wonderful enough just for that.
This ethereal and eerie music would also appeal to fans of David Axelrod; Ennio Morricone and his soprano Edda Dell'Orso; Angelo Badalamenti and Julee Cruise ("Twin Peaks"); Miranda Sex Garden; Lush; Bjork; Buddha Bar comps; and Goldfrapp.