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Terra Nocturne

by Lynn Stokes & Sol Surfers

A portrayal of not only the feeling of release into slumber but also the pain of separation from a loved one.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. Sacred Moon's Light
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2. Terra Nocturne
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3. Where Have You Gone
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4. The Crossing
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5. Let Go
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6. Open Door
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7. American Dream
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8. Dream Sequence
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9. Across the Barrier
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Terra Nocturne is the story of one person’s journey through the emotions and transcendental experiences which transpire during the course of one particularly lucid night. It begins with the haunting sounds of the flute, as if beaconing the full moon to rise over the horizon. Lush and moody, Sacred Moon’s Light is a song which expresses the perceptions, sensations and spiritual restorative power of witnessing the rise of the moon on a warm, sensual spring evening. In Where Have You Gone, this blissful mindset is shattered by the realization that, due to the tragedy of war, poverty or unjust detention, a loved one is missing and cannot ever again be present for this experience. This overwhelming feeling of solitude is evoked in the instrumental Terra Nocturne as the deliverance of sleep begins to set in. Let Go is a portrayal of not only the feeling of release into slumber but also the pain of separation from a loved one, and at the same time, the pleasure of liberation from the physical body at the moment of sleep or death. The soul leaves the body in Open Door for the spiritual lessons and astral journeys suggested in the songs American Dream and Dream Sequence. In the last moments of sleep, before the sounds of morning, Across the Barrier seems to suggest that healing, restoration and salvation are possible through the transformation of consciousness.

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RadioIndy.com

Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Lynn Stokes & Sol Surfers a GrIndie Award for their CD "Terra Nocturne." A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy's stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.
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Lucky Boyd

For Those Who Like Pink Floyd
Because they’re probably pretty tired of it by now, I’m not going to draw the comparison of Lynn Stokes and Sol Surfers to the hit rock band Pink Floyd. I’ll only say that I had a strange compulsion to watch “The Wizard of Oz” while listening to this disc. The beauty of this album is in its thematic simplicity while using complex rhythms and tried and true instrumentation in innovative ways. There’s a flow to the disc that is lost if you press the ‘shuffle’ button on your player, so don’t. From the outset, it’s clear Stokes had a plan for the album and it comes across as perfectly as any album I’ve heard recently. Steeped in the style of that classic band we won’t mention, there are also other obvious influences that make this artist unique. After consuming the liner notes, set out on your journey through the varied emotions of Stokes’ adventure of life, loss, pain, and release. There’s something overwhelmingly calm about the album that allows for a connection with a greater power. That being the beauty of music in the first place, welcome to one of the best albums around at creating such connectivity. This is a headphone album best enjoyed alone the first time, then shared with every friend you can muster. With each friend, however, insist upon their purchasing a copy for themselves. The saxophone work on the album is pure poetry, and Stokes is masterful at wrapping each lyrical composition with the perfect blend of rock, off-jazz, and spice. At times, you can notice a Narada Michael Walton influence as Stokes unites nature, ‘psychedelia’, and guttural rock guitar into nine symphonic movements of pure art. Not new-age by a long shot, but perhaps newer-age-retro is more like it. I found great pleasure in just leaving the disc running over and over. Each song became like a familiar friend. Grab your copy of this veteran’s artwork in song and you’ll see for yourself.

Liner Notes:
Terra Nocturne is the story of one person’s journey through the emotions and transcendental experiences which transpire during the course of one particularly lucid night. It begins with the haunting sounds of the flute, as if beaconing the full moon to rise over the horizon. Lush and moody, Sacred Moon’s Light is a song which expresses the perceptions, sensations and spiritual restorative power of witnessing the rise of the moon on a warm, sensual spring evening. In Where Have You Gone, this blissful mindset is shattered by the realization that, due to the tragedy of war, poverty or unjust detention, a loved one is missing and cannot ever again be present for this experience. This overwhelming feeling of solitude is evoked in the instrumental Terra Nocturne as the deliverance of sleep begins to set in. Let Go is a portrayal of not only the feeling of release into slumber but also the pain of separation from a loved one, and at the same time, the pleasure of liberation from the physical body at the moment of sleep or death. The soul leaves the body in Open Door for the spiritual lessons and astral journeys suggested in the songs American Dream and Dream Sequence. In the last moments of sleep, before the sounds of morning, Across the Barrier seems to suggest that healing, restoration and salvation are possible through the transformation of consciousness.

Stats: 9 tracks; 7 penned by Lynn Stokes, Lyrics by Stone Bryson on “Sacred Moon’s Light,” 1 co-write with Roland St. John Perez; 4/2 insert; full color cover, full color tray card; jewel case; replicated; Musicians: Lynn Stokes, Roland St. John Perez, Mike Orbelo, Kevin Cooley, Jerry Savoy, Dean Evans, Lisa Stokes, Phil Grota; Producer: Lynn Stokes; Engineer: Spencer Ramzel; Running time: Approx. 54 minutes.
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Rodney and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Excellent album featuring melodic guitar and smooth vocals
“Terra Nocturne” by Lynn Stokes & Sol Surfers is a musical journey through many moods and emotions, highlighted by well-crafted songs, thoughtful arrangements and exceptional musicianship. Each piece is very symphonic and orchestral in nature, representing a single movement in the overall album, which is meant to be a cohesive and interrelated piece of music. The style of writing on this album draws a strong inspiration from the music of Pink Floyd. Listen to “Where Have You Gone” and “Let Go,” for great examples of this in both the songwriting and the smooth, mellow vocal style. While this influence is evident, this material is also very well-written and unique, being calm and psychedelic while also complex and elaborate at the same time. The album contains many sections where instruments are panned throughout the stereo spectrum, providing an entrancing listening experience through headphones. This release also features many excellent musical performances, from the skilled saxophone runs on “Sacred Moon’s Light” to the fine guitar work by Stokes on the title track “Terra Nocturne.” “Open Door” and “Across the Barrier” are of a more upbeat nature, with great performances by all involved. “Terra Nocturne” by Lynn Stokes & Sol Surfers will be enjoyed by fans of rock music with the symphonic atmosphere of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters.
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Wildy's World

Wish You Were Here
Lynn Stokes is a life-long musician from the Texas scene. A guitar player with many bands over the years, he's seen space cowboys and the Vaughan Brothers and even opened up once for Bob Dylan. After a musical awakening while researching his family heritage, Stokes began writing his own songs in earnest. In 2007 he formed the Sol Surfers in order to showcase these tunes, and the end result is a lovely little album called Terra Nocturne.

Terra Nocturne opens with Sacred Moon's Light, a mellow song poem peppered with saxophone runs and ethereal instrumental work. Fans of Pink Floyd will absolutely love this tune. In general there have been strong comparisons between Lynn Stokes & The Sol Searchers and Pink Floyd. This particular song sounds as if it could have walked right out of the Wish You Were Here Sessions. Terra Nocturne continues in the same vein, making the most use of stereo channels to walk the sound around the listener. We change speeds a bit with Where Have You Gone, which is more of a piano ballad. The song is gorgeous and reflects some serious training on the piano. Other highlights include The Crossing, Open Door, the melancholy American Dream and Across The Barrier.

It is very clear where Lynn Stokes & The Sol Surfers influences lay. The songs on Terra Nocturne are well crafted, intricate, mellow and psychedelic. Pink Floyd fans and jam band fans in general will really dig Terra Nocturne. The mix of acoustic and electric instruments along with real world sounds sampled in will appeal to mixologists, and the musicality will appeal to the musicians amongst my readers. If you really don't like Pink Floyd, there's no point in going here as you won't be able to get by the similarities. Otherwise it's an excellent record.
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