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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.