Celestial Son could be described as a day-dream soundtrack, comparable to Thievery Corporation and Cinematic Orchestra. It has a large palette of sounds and moods, and allows the brain to explore whatever feelings it may trigger. This 33- minute experience consists of nine tracks that seem to melt from one theme to another like butter.
<br><br> It is clear that Melbourne, Australia's John Lee spent time experimenting with sound organization and the progression of these sounds as a DJ and former member of the band Geelong and Honeysuckle His orchestration includes "some computer jiggery-pokery, a couple of old organs and synths, and some instruments hailing from the days of yore" – guitar, bass guitar, jaw harp, recorder, and sitar which are arranged as follows. <br><br> The experience begins with Cottonbound by Bloodhounds, calm Asian sounds and guitar harmonics with a simple bass line. Piano and bells quickly introduce Noah?s Arkestra, a hip-hop beat with a classical string sample. This track is my personal favorite; you can't help but feel pumped up with a sudden urge to move. <br><br> Time to Recline features barn animal sounds and a similar beat to the previous song. Female vocals initiate a new motif and are then manipulated. The continuation of these ideas progress into Communications with Venus, persisting in the manipulation, and introducing new sounds; the feel is much more relaxed. Venus Lets Go is a very lucid piano motif. <br><br> At this point of the dream, you're floating off into a relaxed state of mind, breathing deeply and feeling influenced by each sound and repetition; sounds of India highlight the adventure. This could be a track heard in a yoga class or in your headphones, lying in the grass and gazing aimlessly at the sky. <br><br> The Snowcapped Incident and Sunset in an Insect World carry elements of the jaw harp leading to female vocals and guitar; the beat is up-tempo but maintains a lucid effect that leads back to Asian sounds and leaves space for saxophone phrases. Sitar unlocks The Insect World, with birds tweeting like in a rainforest and Gamelan-style percussion reinforcing a constant bass line. Percussion escorts you to Cells Divide and then departs, leaving you with synthesizer sounds that eventually fade away. At this point you're either refreshed, having enjoyed a half-hour of day- dreams, or you're fast asleep.