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Dancing on the Edge of Infinity by Ashaneen
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 5/28/2017
An album of amazing quality
When one dances on the edge of infinity, one can truly feel the heartbeat of the universe beneath.
The sentence above was created by the inspiration given to me by the opening refrains of this most delicious of albums by Ashaneen. Each composition, each arrangement, is layered with a perfection that is rare to find, and what a better example can I offer, than the title track that sits proudly as the first piece off the release.
“Dancing on the Edge of Infinity” is a veritable portal to a dimension of music that will open a whole new realm of peace and tranquillity to all that open up their minds to listen to it.
You will find a vast and wide open quality of music in the track “Timeless Voyager”, a piece that seems to float on the borders of galactic bliss and then onwards into an inspiring opus that contains a real sense of honouring the ancients, within the empowering, “To Eternity and Beyond”. You can then allow yourself to drift and be the musical observer, in the realm of “Space of Creations”.
If you have a love for electronic space music that will take you on a journey, that is impressive, creative, but also incredibly peaceful, then you need to look no further that Ashaneen and “Dancing on the Edge of Infinity”, it is an album of amazing quality and a journey you may never wish to return from.
Rating: Excellent
Shifting Sands by Lynn Tredeau
- posted by Candice Michelle on 5/23/2017
Lynn Tredeau - Shifting Sands
Shifting Sands is the fourth album by Lynn Tredeau, an Idaho-based piano and composer with a classical music background. Comprised of twelve compositions spanning forty-seven minutes, the gently fluctuating mood of the album’s individual pieces seemingly illustrate the many subtle changes of one’s everyday surroundings, as well as that of life itself. Likewise, this metaphorical theme of “shifting sands” is beautifully conveyed by the cover artwork, which depicts Lynn in a flowing red dress walking along the desert sand beneath a sunny sky.

The neoclassical-tinged “Lost in Familiar Surroundings” opens the album with a somewhat nostalgic and romantic feel, as it softly drifts up and down the registers, immediately recalling that of a gentle morning breeze. The title track, “Shifting Sands”, ensues in a tiered cascading motion, as Lynn strikes a bit of oomph in the higher registers, making this one of my favorite pieces on the album. “Dance of the Unknown” is an equally compelling ballet-like number that imparts a subtle sense of mystery. Beginning with a delicate twirling in the higher registers, the melody slowly descends into the mid and lower registers before gently ascending the scale again. Likewise alluring is the somewhat pensive and processional, “Travel Me Home”, which seemingly alludes to a long journey unfolding, perhaps by foot, across a snowy landscape beneath a nocturnal sky. A few of the compositions exude a more characteristically sentimental innocence; among these include “Life at Four”, which seemingly alludes to young childhood memories; “To Breathe at Last”, which subtly recalls the hymns of an old chapel in the countryside”; and “Oasis”, which offers a thoroughly soul-quenching, sweet calmness. Closing out the album is the delicate and moderately-paced “If Ever in My Life”, which evokes a sense of reflecting upon the past, and perhaps even that of embarking on a new path.

Bearing some resemblance to the music of Michele McLaughlin, of whom inspired Lynn’s own compositional style, Shifting Sands bears many classical nuances within its contemporary solo piano framework of elegant poise and grace. Overall lending itself to a delicate balancing act of subtle mystery and warm sentimentality, the compositions herein range from slightly wistful to optimistically sunny, yet never become definitively dark or gloomy. A simply delightful follow-up to her A New Dream album, Shifting Sands is arguably Lynn’s best work to date, and wonderfully demonstrates her maturity as an artist! ~Candice Michelle (
Rating: Excellent
Shifting Sands by Lynn Tredeau
- posted by Dyan Garris - New Age CD on 5/21/2017
Lynn Tredeau - Shifting Sands
“Shifting Sands,” the 4th release by solo pianist, Lynn Tredeau, is an eloquent, elegant, timelessly lovely journey from beginning to end.
From the first notes of “Lost in Familiar Surroundings,” we immediately feel at ease and relax into the gentle melody. We find ourselves transported to a place where we may have all found ourselves at one time or another: Feeling lost, but somehow knowing that we’re really not. This is a place where we can remember who we are and need not feel lost at all.
All of the songs on “Shifting Sands” are thoughtful, expressive, delicate, yet deliberate, and noteworthy for not only the consonant, flowing melody lines, but also for the exquisite phrasing. Yes, “Shifting Sands” is tranquil, relaxing, and lovely just in itself and as a peaceful listen. But as the title “Shifting Sands” might imply, there is something else beneath; a much deeper meaning to all.
For example, Track 7, “Life at 4,” with its easy and melodic movement, evokes a wistful remembrance of simpler times. Yet at the same time, there is underneath, a certain sophistication and “knowingness” of spirit that weaves its way through the composition.
I must say, I got lost in this sheer loveliness of this album, and in particular in the song “Travel Me Home,” which is track 6 on the album. Like all of Lynn’s tracks on “Shifting Sands,” It’s sensitively played and this one is quite mesmerizingly hypnotic. I am also particularly fond of Track 10, “Oasis.” It’s got a wonderful structure, a simple melody line, and although no lyrics are shared with us, I feel like there are probably some that go along with this.
Track 5, “Looking to Lowman” gently reminds us that inside every tragedy, as the fire that occurred there in the Boise National Forest in 2016, there is love and beauty. We just have to try to see it through the embers. And through the song’s own beauty we are given opportunity to pause, listen, and reflect upon the multiple paradoxes and odd juxtapositions of life.
Lynn Tredeau is a multi-talented musical artist and one to definitely watch as her ascent is assured. Simply beautiful solo piano. “Shifting Sands” is a “must have.”
Rating: Excellent
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