Healer ‎– HigherGrounds

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Tracklist

Passage One
The Answer 9:02
Polarity 8:22
Three 9:51
Infinity And Beyond 7:49
Hibernation 8:36
Passage Two
Art Of Trancelucency 10:03
Resonate Within 9:29
Apnea 12:13

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CFCD11 Healer HigherGrounds(CD, Album, Mixed, Dig) Candyflip Records CFCD11 Greece 2004 Sell This Version
CA DA 06005 Healer Higher Grounds(CD, Album) DadA Music CA DA 06005 India 2006 Sell This Version
none Healer HigherGrounds(8xFile, FLAC, Album, RE) Not On Label (Healer Self-released) none Sweden 2012
none Healer HigherGrounds(8xFile, MP3, Album, RE, 320) Not On Label (Healer Self-released) none Sweden 2012
none Healer HigherGrounds(8xFile, WAV, Album, RE) Not On Label (Healer Self-released) none Sweden 2012

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SYSTEM-J

SYSTEM-J

September 14, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
referencing HigherGrounds, CD, Album, Mixed, Dig, CFCD11
This album officially ascended to the rank of "an all time favourite" recently after I watched storm clouds flare in the night sky, 30,000 feet above the Atlantic while listening to it. A proper journey album that unfolds in a narrative style, remniscent of classic records like Orbital's Brown Album. Not always a subtle album, but it makes a change to hear bold, melodic ambient composition as opposed to the drearily tasteful and simplistic drone/laptop/blog ambient popularised by Kompakt that has dominated the last decade.
PKS

PKS

December 18, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
referencing HigherGrounds, CD, Album, Mixed, Dig, CFCD11
Candyflip Records in Greece is out with the second album by Healer, Michael Andresen from Sweden. His first album Wonder Ground was released on Flying Rhino Records in 2000. Now that Flying Rhino is bankrupt, he has started releasing on Candyflip Records. Healer is his ambient project, but he has also a psytrance project called 12 Moons.

Healer certainly likes to ad an atmospheric vibe to his music, both in his trance and ambient projects. The first track we get here starts really beautiful with a floating atmospheric sound. A little melody works its way slowly into the track together with some very relaxed, careful beats. A really nice start on this album, perfect when you are tired and want to relax. Track 2 goes floating too, but in a more mystic, deep way. Not much beats at all. Everything is just floating with massive beautiful relaxing sounds. Totally relaxing, deep ambient. After a while we also get some beautiful melodies and some piano. Track 3 moves a little bit away from that totally floating vibe. Still, we get tons of beautiful sounds and melodies. This one has some dubby beats and flute alike melodies. Nice. Track 4 is a slow drifting track with a deep mystic vibe and some beautiful piano. Totally relaxing and beautiful all the way through. I’m sure I will play this a lot this summer.

Track 5 has a more dramatic vibe. This track was originally released on the Ease Division 1 compilation on Spiral Trax Records in 2002. A nice chill out compilation which was compiled by Healer himself. This track is floating all the way through, with some nice relaxed melodies and chilled beats. While track 1-5 is called passage one, track 6-8 is called passage 2. And yes, track 6 takes a slightly different direction. This goes definitely darker, still with that totally floating vibe. This one might sound a bit intense and isn’t among the most interesting tracks on this album, but doesn’t sound bad. Track 7 goes even darker and more dramatic. Still very beautiful and relaxing, with mystic sounds that you might imagine is from outer space. This one is just drifting with no beats at all. Reminds me a bit of Pete Namlook. The last track we get here is one of the most beautiful tracks I have heard by this guy so far. This one is also just floating without beats, and the sounds are incredibly beautiful.

In my opinion, this album is definitely better than the first Healer album. If you like floating, atmospheric, deep ambient music, you should definitely check out this. A fresh breath away from the usual ethno chill. Pure, relaxing, deep ambient music for your home listening after work or whenever you are tired and want to just drift away in beautiful sounds.