"Musical Massage: Inside" is a set of deep relaxation and meditation performances by Silvia Nakkach. She arranged acoustic instruments, chants, and some electronics with overtone vocals and singing bowls to create atmospheres that embrace the soul and heal the heart. There are dozens - perhaps hundreds - of discs of this ilk. Each one has its own sonic integrity and its own niche in the world of healing music. This disc hits on several levels but it seems to be aimed - quite literally - at listeners' hearts. Deep listeners will feel the overtones surrounding their hearts and promoting stress relief.
One listen to Lisa Gerrard's The Silver Tree (originally available only digitally, then as an Australia-only import, and finally, as a U.S. release) is enough to convince anybody – who isn't already convinced – that there's a very specific reason she has been courted by directors to compose soundtracks. There are 13 tracks here full of wispy ambient soundscapes, on top of which the former Dead Can Dance vocalist places her almost otherworldly gift of a voice. Sung nearly as prayers or meditative mantras, Gerrard employs monosyllabic glimpses of other languages – and occasionally English – to create her own tapestry of dreams. Some may be tempted to call this "new age" music, but it's so much more melancholy than much of what passes for that trash, and it's nearly sacred in its approach to articulation, creating the feeling in places ("Come Tenderness," "The Sea Whisperer," and "Abwoon," to name a few) that she is actually singing inside a cathedral. In other places, such as "Wandering Star" and "Serenity," her voice offers a drone approach that is as subtle – yet powerful – as her instrumentation.