Instrumental passages of guitar and a love of God seem to be the main motivation for Raymond Scott Woolson in a nine-year recording legacy. 'Accidental Grace Notes' can be viewed as a beginner's guide to his work; collating eight tracks from the three CD-R albums he has produced so far. Yet despite the relatively lengthy recording period, not much has changed in Woolson's vision.
Indeed, the wide open spaces conjured up on 'Jubilate Deo' are revisited on just about every other track. The important thing is, though, is that it's a formula which works. Woolson's music seems to be buoyed by genuine emotion. 'Awake And Dreaming' is too smart to be used as a soundtrack to a holiday destination but in a parallel universe it could be whereas 'While The Heavens Wheeled Above Us' shows that Woolson is one of the few acts to pull off Robin Guthrie's distinctive guitar melodies. Even when the quality control occasionally dips ('Cantate Domino' mistakes effects for emotion like the overrated M83), the music is never less than pleasant background music. Usually, though, these wordless pieces deserve to be heard in the foreground.