Review Summary: Perfection.
I barely have words to describe it. There really was something waiting for me inside this album. It shocked me, it left me gazing anxiously at the ceiling in utter amazement. It’s been a rather perplexing goal of mine to find perfection in something. Ever since I grew up, there has always been a slight tugging at my heart; urging me to become in a sense perfect. As I grew, my dreams shattered like glass, and I began to believe that maybe nothing can be perfect. No machine, human, novel, movie, or music has ever left its mark on me as perfect. Even my favorite albums, all have flaws with them that are easily spat out and subdued. However, if there really is nothing in the music world that can be considered perfect, then Program Music 1 comes ridiculously close.
What is found musically in this two song album is the most beautiful music to ever have graced my ears. There was not a single damn moment on this entire album that did not captivate or move me in the slightest. It is like life itself was being born and then recycled in my ears. As the album begins, a piano plays a haunting tune while relapsing into torrent like sounds. But with the stroke of a single guitar, life is forced into the music. The piano dances like the wind, while the guitars serenade it like a choir. The music slowly wakes up to the sound of an electronic drum kicking in, breaking the barrier between the inanimate and the living. Within the first seven minutes, the music feeds off of its ability to tell a beautiful story through only blissful music. Nature all at once, is present. It lives, it dies, and it is reborn. The concept is mixed into the music and it could not have been accomplished better. The album ends like it begins, leaving only thoughts to tell the rest. It flows as graceful as water, blossoms extraordinarily like a flower, and cascades elegantly like snow. The music also has many breathtaking climaxes, whether it is a violin stringing together a lovely tune amidst a syncopated drum; or everything dancing together at once.
The album is a perfect blend of suspense and awe. The story is told perfectly from start to finish with the help of a perfect cast of instruments. There are no major issues I have with this entire record from start to finish. It is a one of a kind beauty, an album that has just recently grabbed ahold of my heart and will not let go. While Stella is by far the superior piece of music on the album due to sheer beauty by scope, both songs create a tranquility of resonating power that will forever be a part of me.