Evoking an ancient past that never was, the music of Arcanta is primal, passionate, and profound...The stunning vocals of Thomas-Carlyle Ayres are the centerpiece; seldom does one come across a voice this powerful. A spiritual ambience is created through Latin, Sanskrit, and wordless incantations. The effect is often Medieval or Middle Eastern - it is always a moving experience. Backed by atmospheric keyboards, guitars, and percussion, the sound is timeless, uplifting, strange and beautiful.
Ayres is a haunted man, his mind constantly churning with melodies and sounds, tones and words. Arcanta is music as purgation, utilizing elements of world, religious and classical music to break through the pain and suffering of life, with glorious results. At once meditative, spiritual and liberating, the music has an urgency that cannot be denied. With The Eternal Return, Arcanta strikes a timeless chord, capturing an essence that is as primal as it is profound.
Look for a new Arcanta cd - The Cloud of Unknowing - in late 2000 or early 2001