released January 26, 2016
All songs written and recorded by James Johnson and Brian McWilliams. Additional sounds, structural edits and mastering by Brian McWilliams at The Sound Observatory.
"... a slow moving and profound organic offering of sensitive environmental sight and sound paintings venturing into dense, darker but always spacious territory ... the lush, mesmerizing textures and surreal sound patterns spread their wings and take off ... The soundings on the contemplative and cinematic "Ecotone" simply resonate the clear voice and the many dimensions of the natural environment. It ends up even more impressive when heard with good quality headphones ... Highly recommended to all who appreciate deep-listening ambient."
BERT STROLENBERG, Sonic Immersions, www.sonicimmersion.org
"... the music is wonderful. This music is varied. At times it is benevolent, lighter, and gorgeous. At other times it has a darkness, a doubt, a discomfort. But be clear, while these tracks clearly can challenge the listener in ways, it is never difficult to listen to. Even in the darker sections it is beautiful, not jarring, and very listenable. While most ambient music is created by single musicians I think this CD is a testament to the benefits of collaboration. It feels more rounded, it feels like someone was there to cover the blind spots of each musician. This is not a retreading of the earlier work of either musician. The sound of the disc as a whole feels like a clear statement of intention to do something new, but it is still familiar. With the tremendous quantity of ambient music available, I find that there is a small percentage that I really, really value. This will certainly be in that category." - MATHEW J HARRIS - Hypnos Forum
"Ecotone is a masterwork, one of the best of 2013!!!" - RICHARD GURTLER - Hypnos Forum