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Filled with Light by Bernward Koch
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 10/16/2017
An album of outstanding beauty
Bernward Koch is one of those classic New Age musicians you can’t help but like, he has produced over the years some of the most peace filled and tranquil opuses you would ever wish to hear.
My personal journey with Bernward started by in 2005 with Walking through Clouds, and year in and year out he has never failed to impress me with his mellow and serene compositions.
Filled with Light has a perfect summer ethic about its overall construction, with moments of sun kissed reveries like, That June Feeling, or the warm embrace of Quiet Day.
This release would be perfect to take on a journey through the woods and towards a mirrored lake, where you could be in rapture listening to the quite emotional Underwater Sunbeams, or as you gaze at your partner in the radiance of a perfect day, and find love In Her Eyes.
Bernward Koch never fails to always manifest pure ambience with each and every composition, like the loving resonance of Evening Clam or the incredibly dreamy musical vista of Tidal Flow.
Filled with Light is one of these releases that brings a warmth to you heart and peace to the soul, it’s an album of outstanding natural beauty, created by an artist who is totally on top of his game. Just leave this one on repeat; your ears will love you forever.
Rating: Excellent
Nebula by Haiku (The Haiku Project)
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 10/16/2017
An addictive album
There are many words of colour and description that could be used to describe the utter brilliance of Henrik Hytteballe compositions over the years. I was last entranced by his work on the album Glimpses and here as the Haiku Project, he does so again.
Hytteballe also employs the ethereal vocals of Sarah Grabow on this brand new release and in doing so manifests into our reality one of the finest new age albums of the year.
We can be amazed by the tones and energy of the title track Nebula and then left speechless by the sheer beauty of Breeze. The subtleness of production and performance here is incredible.
Nebula is one of those very rare albums you never want to end, each and every track is so very carefully crafted to bring us the eager listener the very best that can be offered, like the upbeat and empowering Earth, or the blissful ambience of Rain.
There is a certain lush sense of beauty within this latest release, one that you can simply float on, like the delicacy of the track Water, or the smooth and sensual nature of 5th Element.
If you’re thinking about making Nebula part of your musical collection, don’t think, just do it, your musical heart will love you forever. This is an album that will be as addictive as your next sunrise.
Rating: Excellent
Dare To Dream by Unleashed Dreams
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 10/15/2017
A musical panacea to cure all ills!
The Celtic, World and New Age genres are on the up, of that there can be no doubt, and albums like Dare to Dream can at last be brought to the ever eager ears of our listeners, by our support of debut artists like Unleashed Dreams in their quest of bringing you a multi-genre release that touches just about every musical base you can think of.
Lindsey Gaye Walker and Sean Michael Paddision have indeed dared to dream. This extremely talented duo have a wonderful tone and harmony about their overall performance, one that draws you in with a friendly smile and entertains you with its warm embrace.
The opening track Deep is one that reminds me in parts of the illustrious 2002. Walker’s vocals are so deeply touching and the calming orchestral nature of this piece is sublime.
The entire album flows like a proud autumn river, it takes us on a never ending journey through a myriad of emotive, but quite beautiful compositions, like the inspirational title track Dare to Dream, the gratitude and honesty of You Give Me Strength, or the ever elevating and radiating A New Day.
Everyone will find something within this brilliant release, for me I resonated with Resonance, the positive and truthful energy of this piece was addictive and extremely creative; it even contained a little light rock ethic within the weave as well.
Dare to Dream is a debut album of an exceptional nature and class. The portal has been opened and now confidence is high that this quite breath-taking album is going to soar in the world 100 charts.
Dare to Dream is an album that you will really want to embrace, it is a musical panacea to cure all ills!
Rating: Excellent
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