Neo spiritual is a subgenre used by Dutch artists Ayalla incorporating classical orchestration, choirs, vocals, experimental, new-age , meditative, orchestral and ambient electronic music.
It is described as “tranquil, hypnotic and moving”. It is associated with classical and spiritual music, easy listening, meditation and elevator music.
Ayalla is the first artist who started combining neo spiritual as an inspirational genre using different production and composition techniques choirs and vocals, virtual and real instruments, ambient sounds and soundscapes in a melodic and sometimes orchestral arrangement.
According to Stephen Hill, co-founder of a radio show called Hearts of Space, neo spiritual is used to describe music that evokes a feeling of contemplative spaciousness. Hill states that this music can range in character, the sonic texture of the music is often rich or complex.
Neo spiritual may have influences from western classical, world, Celtic, traditional and classical/church music.
Ayalla, the first artist to use the neo spiritual subgenre in the by him devised cinematic electronica genre, believes that it can evoke a “continuum of spatial imagery and emotion”,