One of the things that consistently amazes us about ambient prodigy Phillip Wilkerson is the breadth of his work. He is as comfortable creating light mesmerizing ambience as he is with abstract textures or dark ambient soundscapes. What is most astonishing is the level of quality he maintains across all of it. But then along comes this enchanting new album called Sun Tracer, a collection of electronic ambient pieces that thoroughly embrace tonality in what can only be called rapturous light ambience. And our level of astonishment increases by another order of magnitude. Put simply, we feel this may be the best album Phillip Wilkerson has ever produced, and that is really saying something. The music is uplifting, positive, enlightening, even thrilling, and suffused throughout with a strong sense of Berlin School pulsing electronica. But despite the sequences and interlocking rhythms, the music is startlingly organic and imprinted with Phillip's own distinctive voice. This is the kind of music that one wants to listen to, the kind of stuff that sticks in your head afterwards and makes you crave hearing it again, over and over. We can't think of a more apt compliment than to simply say this album will put a smile on your face, a big one. Phillip reports that the inspiration for the album was some casual reading he had been doing on the science of stellar classification, a branch of astrophysics that considers stars based in part upon their luminosity and temperature characteristics. The stellar classification and composition of our own Sun was of key interest to him. But what really grabbed his attention was the discussion of our Sun's movement and the tracing of it's effects upon the surrounding galactic space as it follows it's trajectory through the Milky Way. Phillip channeled this fascination into this captivating album. Despite the heady science and cosmic scope of his original inspiration, he also injected a huge dose of humanity into the music. As a result, we think this album would be as suitable as a soundtrack for a space voyage following old Sol through the galaxy as it would be as the music one listens to while relaxing effortlessly beneath the Sun on an exquisite beach of white sand and a sky of deepest blue. Both are expressions of worship for our source of life, and both are equally appropriate thematic interpretations of the music of Sun Tracer. A truly sublime experience, in every sense of the word. Earth Mantra is extremely proud to be bringing our listeners the music of Phillip Wilkerson, and are particularly proud to be releasing Sun Tracer, an album we feel is destined to be one of the top releases of 2010. Phil Derby, at Electroambient Space says: 'Wilkerson's ethereal tones seem to mature by degrees on each subsequent release, which is saying something because his first album was strong to begin with. "Sun Tracer Part I" starts in typical Wilkerson ambient mode, but finds him exploring the edges of Berlin school toward the end. A light but assured hand with the drums and sequencing makes for surprisingly natural extension of Wilkerson's silky sound. "Closest Approach" is a brief shimmering piece, and then sequencing returns on "Radial Velocity." Bubbly and light, it retains his signature warmth and optimism. "Infinite Possibility" goes back to the light and airy sound, and reminds me of early Jonn Serrie space music, always a good thing in my book. "Orbital Bliss" continues the seesaw journey between pure ambient and livelier sequencer-based pieces. Despite the variance, the disc still flows quite well. This is not a retro sound at all, just another tool that Wilkerson skillfully adds to his sonic cache. These more rhythmic pieces don't remind me of a particular artist or period in electronic music; they are simply pleasant, well-crafted melodies created with synths and sequencers. "Proper Motion" is the most ambient thus far, subdued and subtle. With a title like "Interstellar Medium" I expect sequencers to return but instead am greeted by the purest, deepest space music yet. Part two of the title track continues where part one left off, and plays like a reprise. This seems a very natural point to finish the album, making "Adrift in Peace" feel like a fitting dreamy epilogue. Another great Wilkerson release'