Meg Bowles is a synthesist and composer who has been creating ambient and space music for two decades. She has just released her fifth album, The Shimmering Land, and it leans a bit more toward ambient than space. Part of that stems from the inspirations for the tunes -- things that are found here on earth such as the ocean, mist, evening and taking a walk after dark. Even the spacier-titled tunes, “Venus Rising” and “Beneath the Radiant Stars,” are from the perspective of looking at the heavens from our planet. But the other reason the music is not totally space-sounding is because space music often has beeps, blats, tinkles, whooshes, whatever, and this new music from Bowles is much more gentle synthesizer. She may layer various synth sounds or give them wave-like motion (see “Undulant Sea”), but she does not give the music the sounds of soaring through space that have come to define space music.
But if you like modern ambient music, you have come to the right place because Bowles is a master craftsman. She knows how to set moods, utilize textures to great advantage, and wrap up each composition with definite endings. Her music is like looking at a Paul Klee modern-art pastel painting rather than a Jackson Pollock multi-color splash-fest. They may both be good, but pastels are a much less vibrant art-form that does not jump right in your face.
So for ambient music enthusiasts, this is the place to go! She is one of the best in this field.