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Innersense

Innersense is another wonderfully warm, expertly crafted release from Bekki Williams, full of heart, soul and strong classical elements that give it immense depth.

The music has a structure and style that is both complex yet unfussy, concentrating solely on the music and not musical trickery. As such it’s a style of electronic music that remains very, very popular and ultimately, timeless. Bekki’s gorgeous romantic soundscapes, often filmic in feel, transport you to places of such beauty and you feel the emotion her music inspires deep in your soul.

“Innersense” is sensational and deserving of the critical praise it has received! From the beautiful opening track “A Breath Away” to the heartfelt closing “Fading”, this album will, quite literally, ‘take your breath away’ and leave you pressing the repeat button time and time again.

“It will touch those parts of your soul that most other music can never hope to reach! Quite simply a gem!” Ashley Franklin, BBC radio DJ

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Reviews

  1. Eurock, USA

    “Bekki’s new album finds her achieving a creative zenith musically. The sound is absolutely breathtaking and filled with a warm sensuality that only the fairer sex could conjure. Her lilting melodies are contrasted by a dramatic layered symphony of sound. ‘Innersense’ tugs at your heart strings and carries your imagination away as each track effortlessly rises and falls on waves of layered, evocative effects and textures. If you’re looking for music that will lift you up and help you transcend the daily toil and trouble of life, a listen to ‘Innersense’ will do that for you.”

  2. Fan Comment from Ian B

    “What a superb album! Obviously heartfelt but superb layers and textures and, dare I say it, ‘catchy tunes!’ (that’s the Geordie in me.) Anyway that’s my first exposure to Bekki’s material but not the last. Hopefully there’ll be a chance of seeing Bekki perform live – wish I’d caught her last year.”

  3. Review by Steve Roberts – SMD

    Review by Steve Roberts – SMD

    After what appears to be a difficult gestation, ‘Innersense’ is finally with us and it does not disappoint. Having seen Bekki at the Leicester Space Centre I had some idea of the quality of the album and in my view it is easily her best work to date. ‘Innersense’ is also more varied than Bekki’s previous work and this greater contrast makes for a very impressive album. Yet, Bekki’s signature melodicism and symphonic flourishes are still very much evident. ‘A Breath Away’ begins with a wonderful melancholic refrain which gradually builds in intensity and emotion. On most albums this would be the stand out cut but such is the overall quality of the set that there is even better to come.

    ‘Secret Recesses of the Heart’ is an outstanding piece, opening with an instantly memorable motif, vocal effects and orchestral climaxes but this is carefully juxtaposed with more subdued piano interludes and sequencing. The use of light and shade and subtle sense of dynamics are exceptional. ‘Crystal (Dreams of Sea-Beams)’ begins with yet another superbly crafted melody, gentle harp effects and piano before the orchestral treatments, but the innate and fragile beauty of the music is maintained to the end.’Subliminal Sensuality’ is yet another gem beginning with sequencers travelling between channels and a more tranquil atmosphere before a distinctly muscular rhythm kicks in and Bekki adds layers of sequencing and synth soloing. Possibly my favourite track but there is some real competition. The title cut is another highly emotive piece, which reminded me a little of Jan Hammer at his best, before Bekki’s orchestral leads provide a perfect counterpoint to the sequencing.

    ‘Under the Sky’ changes the tempo with solo piano eventually joined by strings in perfect harmony. A thunder clap heralds ‘Torn’ but instantly proceeds into subdued malancholia but with a strong rhythmic backbone to accompany the well crafted melodies, orchestration and piano. ‘Tears are Eternal’ is an intensely romantic, quasi-classical piece consisting of piano and strings providing a prelude to ‘From the Ashes’ which adds an air of defiance and optimism with an intensely emotional orchestral motif. The sequencing and detail make this another highlight.

    Finally, ‘Fading’ provides a gentle conclusion, the calm after the storm, piano and strings combining to create a restful and satisfying end to a memorable album. Reading the sleevenotes only confirms which is obvious upon listening to the music, that the recording of ‘Innersense’ was a deeply personal and purgative experience for the composer. It has been a refreshing experience and a privelege to hear such inspired and emotionally charged electronic music.

    It is easily Bekki’s finest achievement so far and I hope that even you retroheads out there give this a listen too. Jackie Wu’s distinctive cover, entitled ‘I Give You my Heart’ is unusual for the genre and I can see that it may capture the essence of the album but it doesn’t quite butter my muffin. However, I am nit picking now ,like the cover or not, the music is terrific. ‘Innersense’ is an instant classic.

  4. Andy G – CDS

    Review by Andy G – CDS

    For those not already familiar with her talents, Bekki Williams is a UK electronic music composer with that rare gift for producing wonderfully warm and rhythmic music with real melody – Expertly crafted electronic music with lots of heart and soul, plus a strong classical element that gives it immense depth. This is music with considerable structure and style that remains very, very popular to this day, and her eagerly awaited 3rd album: ‘Innersense’ is available at last. From the beautiful symphonic opening track ‘A Breath Away’, right to the heartfelt closing moments of: ‘Fading’, this album will charm you all the way, and, if you’re into lush, melodic works then this new Bekki Williams album is sure going to fill a large gap in your “Synth Music” collection.

    Bekki Williams first two albums blended the aggressive and bombastic melodic approach of Shreeve’s ‘Legion’ & ‘Crash Head’ albums with the pure tune laden style and rhythmic structures of the first three Pickford’s releases, and she came out with her own mainstream sound that was to prove popular with a large portion of the “Synth Music” fan-base. A lengthy period of time has passed since the release of her first two albums: ‘Elysian Fields’ and ‘Shadow Of The Wind’, and what we now have is an amalgam of symphonic styles that range from those of her label owner David Wright to that of the aforementioned. The emphasis is much more firmly based with the symphonic side of things, but the classic melodic leanings are still well in evidence on ‘Innersense’.

    The opening track: ‘A Breath Away’ starts off sounding very like that early symphonic romantic track: ‘I.FO.’ that opens John Dyson’s ‘Evolution’ album, with its ethereal choral sounds and eerie strings, then it opens out into this huge orchestral passage that closes in one of those string filled anthemic finales, that is again very reminiscent of early Dyson work. ‘Secret Recesses Of The Heart’ is next up, and it’s also full of sweeping symphonic strings, pretty melodies and choral voices that come from a variety of keyboards and electronic rhythms, but early on in the track, you will hear this short passage where this killer of a synth melody line strikes up and takes the album up a few energy levels and on to a higher musical plain.

    After that the track takes a course that also brings that dreamy symphonic David Wright feel to the fore, with strong orchestral melodies, lush layers of string synths and soft rhythmic backdrop. ‘Crystal {Dreams Of Sea Beams}’ arrives to the sounds of waves and seabirds, then a beautifully romantic oboe-like synth melody backed by crystalline synth rhythms and strings takes the wheel, and steers the music on a gentle flowing path. As percussive tinkings are heard, the cyclical lead melody line sails up and glides to and fro over the top of the calm string backdrop, and its all very orchestral and relaxed sounding.

    ‘Subliminal Sensuality’ then injects some semblance of force and cohesion into things with a good solid shuddering rhythm over some rather gorgeous heavenly choral voices, then the string synths emerge as the lead melody line rises to the top and becomes the main focus of attention over the deep and spacious backdrop. After a brief break for some atmospherics and drifting melodies, the thudding beats return and the whole thing erupts and that “feel” continues into the title track and makes further appearances throughout the rest of the album, all of which follows a similar trail – tons of tunes, lashings of strings, bucketfuls of romance and themes that sound like Movie soundtracks.

    ‘Innersense’ has more melodies and tunes than you can shake a stick at, and somehow manages to wrap them up in such a way that they come out sounding like John Dyson meets Andy Pickford meets David Wright yet still sounds original and sounds like, well, Bekki Williams!. This isn’t “Berlin School”, but rhythmically you do get a fair bit of strong stuff from assorted sequenced electronics, electro-percussive beats and programmed rhythms, albeit it swamped in more strings than the Halle Orchestra!

    ‘Innersense’ is the sort of album that (sadly!!) just doesn’t exist anymore, no one has dared to make one!!! But Bekki Williams has, so hats off to her for producing music she feels passionately about, and it’s passion that comes flowing out the music from this CD like a river.

    If you like melody, tunes, direction, purpose, cohesion and beauty in your synth music, then look no further, because ‘Innersense’ will be a godsend, possibly THE album to fill that large gap in your collection that Dyson and Pickford left when they stopped making music like this.

  5. Sonic Sense mag (UK)

    “‘Innersense’ is full of emotion; in fact, to simply say that this album is full of emotion would be doing it an injustice. ‘Innersense’ is a study in emotive orchestration and arrangement from beginning to end. If I had to choose five words to describe this album, I would have to select: Emotive, heartfelt, poignant, romantic, accomplished. But I can actually sum it up in only three: Buy it now.”

  6. Amazing Sounds (Spain)

    “This latest work by Bekki Williams is also probably her best. From the very beginning of the album, we witness a display of creativity of an exceptionally high degree. The style of the release flows along different avant-garde aspects of New Instrumental music, Synth-Pop and Melodic Ambient. The music is very emotional, with romantic and also majestic traits. Bekki uses synthesizers in an unusually warm way, showing us the best of herself as a composer. This album is highly recommended for those who love the most melodic side of electronic music.”

  7. Mark C (fan)

    “If music be the food of love… then the music in question has to be Innersense. What a fantastic CD this is. Tear-jerking, breath-taking and heart-wrenching in all the right places, this is electronic music at its very best. This beautiful album hasn’t been off my stereo since I got it. Very, very highly recommended!”

  8. Martin C (fan)

    “I put Innersense on in the car and started playing it on the way to the gym. By the time I got there I was in pieces; never has an album (and moreover, one single track – A Breath Away) had such an immediate effect on me. The breathtaking beauty and emotion that was put into the record literally tore my heart out. I had to compose myself before going into the gym and all I can say is a huge thank you to Bekki for sharing such personal feelings with us through her music. To say I was waiting in anticipation of this album is an understatement but it has truly exceeded even my high expectations. I simply can’t praise it enough!”

  9. Erik D (fan)

    “This stunning, emotive music moved me to tears within the first 5 minutes, and from there it took me through every emotion I think it’s possible for a person to feel. I’m finding it very difficult indeed to express just how special and beautiful I think the music on this album is, but I hope that you (AD Music) will accept my heartfelt thanks for publishing it. It’s been a long wait for us fans, but boy has it been worth it.”

  10. James M (fan)

    “Devastatingly beautiful, and so emotive that I can’t listen to it all in one sitting without my heart breaking and a tear appearing in my eye. What an incredible talent Bekki has, to be able to make her audience feel her own emotional experiences through her music. Her best yet, without a shadow of doubt.”

  11. Chris R (fan)

    “Thank you for your beautiful album ‘Innersense’. I took delivery of it this morning and it’s not been off my CD player for the best part of the day! ‘A Breath Away’ and ‘Secret Recesses of the Heart’ are incredibly poignant tracks, each evoked something very personal within me, whilst the track ‘From the Ashes’ brought a promise of hope and new beginnings. I can appreciate that it has been a very long and emotional journey for you in the creation of these works; it is evident throughout the whole album. It has guts, intensity and most importantly for me – soul. Thank you for sharing that. It’s also great to see a woman giving those EM blokes a run for their money again!”

  12. Laurie S (fan)

    “The emotion and power in this album is truly stunning. In my opinion this is Bekki’s finest music ever and I don’t see how she is going to surpass it. Recommended unreservedly for those of you who like ultra-melodious and ultra-beautiful synth music. Innersense is almost like a personal soundtrack to a sad but wonderful film because in parts it is extremely orchestral. Possibly my favourite CD in my collection and certainly, in my opinion, the best release on the constantly-impressive AD Music label. Full marks.”

  13. Ken O (fan)

    “Innersense belongs in every collection regardless of personal preference. It is a beautifully crafted album born from a moving and sad personal experience. Listening to the CD is like reading a wonderful novel. One that the author takes you by the hand through a remarkable journey of emotion and experience. Note by note you are drawn into her story and you can visualize every moment of her experience. She is a rare and wonderful talent.”

  14. Fan Comment from Dave N

    “Bekki’s return to the music scene after an absence of many years leaves one breathless. This album is a personal cry of passion, sorrow and reconciliation – echoes of the personal feelings Bekki experienced to make this music shine through, giving this collection of instrumental and symphonic songs an edge of authenticity that will have you searching your own soul. Believe me, this is no hyperbole.”

  15. Fan Comment from Sarah

    “I was floored within the first few seconds by the sheer emotional content of the first track, and by the time I’d heard the rest of the album I just sat there in total silence. Never, and I mean never, has an album affected me in such a profound way. I almost feel like I “know” Bekki now, that’s how much of herself she has put into this stunning work. Innersense is a very special album indeed.”

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