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Memories Through Birds by Chrissie Sheppard
- posted by Steve Sheppard on 11/6/2022
One you really need in your collection
There are somethings in life that take time to mature, take time to come to fruition, and need to grow with an expectancy with each passing day, until that moment comes that you feel you are now ready to finally complete your life’s dream, as Stephen King once said “Everything’s Eventual” sooner or later, but here we finally are, after years of growth, expectation and patience, the debut album from my lovely wife Chrissie Sheppard, Memories Through Birds has finally been brought into reality.
This sojourn of reflection and serenity starts with the opener and former number one single Song of the Skylark and containing the keyboard skills of M.G recording artist Andy Rogers, who you will find on other tracks on this album as well, the Skylark for me always represents fair weather and warmth, and here with the natural sounds and the sultry tones of her flute, Chrissie creates an idyllic moment, fond memories can be found within the refrains of this song, of watching the lark disappear high into the sky and beyond on a cloudless day in June.
This 8 track album is full of pleasant surprises, one of them was Sparrow: Childhood Memories, a delightfully cheerful composition, with the flute imitating the birds energetic musings, the children’s happy chatter added to that mood, whilst the skill use of synth chords to push forward and pull back, made this track for me one of the cleverest from the release.
The master thief is upon us, as The Cuckoo Awakens, I always used to love hearing my first Cuckoo, a sign that summer was close, here Chrissie brings a really creative process to the fore, and manufactures a wonderfully warm and almost sultry moment for us to enjoy, the notes here are delightfully long and mood filled, as indeed are the very gentle keyboards within the back drop of this most artistic offering.
I have my own memories of this track, I guess when you all listen to this album each of you will have your own special thoughts and reflections, here on Blackbird Memories, a very poignant memory comes forward to be acknowledged, a moment on in the hill sides of the Isle Of Wight at sunset, and as Chrissie stood under a tree playing her flute, the Blackbird sang out his heart above her in the branches of an old Oak, also listen for the bell, what a very crafted inclusion indeed.
Another huge hit single is now upon us and called Raven Cove, this single obtained an award for its art work, but the music contained within, is a magical representation of a small bay at the bottom of our road, one we go to when summer is done and the pool is too cold, this is a haven away from all the scurries and hassles of life. Here Chrissie draws a fine narrative of a lonely mystical place, where the ocean, nature and birds are the masters; the hovering intensity in this piece reminds me to this day of Gheorghe Zamfir’s music for the movie, Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Interestingly enough here in Cyprus this bird is a constant vocalist, it’s even in two of my tracks as well, Laughing Dove swirls and moves around the listener in an almost mysterious way, listen very careful to the natural sounds in this track, it is a true work of art. The overall piece is rather moody and simply blissful with headphones. For us, this is an early morning reverie of peace, with a mysterious flavour to the arrangement.
There is a tale of the legend of Zeus’s temper here, with his penchant for turning people into animals or birds, in this case The Kingfisher and Persephone are one in the same, it is said that if you see two kingfishers on Christmas Eve, then luck will follow you forever, this has happened twice for us so far here in Cyprus, it seems to work! Chrissie’s imploring flute dances with the natural sounds, floating keyboards move slowly across the mist filled scene, where magic is real and anything is possible, another sublime performance of great colour can be found here in this picturesque offering.
The concluding piece is truly fun, and may remind some of you of a certain time of year, the use of electronic wizardry and chimes added so much to this clever arrangement entitled Robin Redbreast. Listen carefully to the light percussive elements here, they all add to the pastiche of the piece, and hover perfectly to end the album with an utter flourish, in the same way Kevin Kendle once did with a track called Awaken on his release First Light.
Memories Through Birds by Chrissie Sheppard, the question must be asked, was it worth the wait? The answer an emphatic yes! Contained within this album are 8 artistically manifested tracks, all with a reflective moment contained within, it also allows you to add yours as well. This debut album from flute performer Chrissie Sheppard has set the bar incredibly high, but with complete unbiased honesty, this is an album destined for the higher echelons of the charts and perhaps, even an award, it is that good, and you w.
Rating: Excellent
Chaos In Premonition by Desensitized
- posted by Robin B. James on 10/21/2022
Exploring the Mysteries
There is plenty to listen to, electronics with harps and flutes and bells and all manner of percussion. Cool sounds. Something to try to focus on as you wait for the daylight.

What I hear is a celebration of the individual and a creed of nonconformism, exercising every freedom of choice, giving limitless value to individual dignity, personal love, and creative effort. Perhaps this music is about examining the individual’s knowledge and perception of reality, as well as the individual’s relationship to society, the universe, and God, I am crazy about this, so I am unreliable and hopelessly prejudiced on this matter. What I love are elemental collages exercising granular
control of the content, that gets me every time.

Is there a philosophical connection between surrealism in art and existentialism? What would that sound like?

The first track leaves sonic artifacts in an atmosphere of stereo emotions, "Ionic Realms" [Victronomy Plubonius] (4:52) presents two combined musical narratives, wordless stories or amazing ideas; there is a juxtaposition of a complex duality on several levels. The landscape is regal, a slow circle reveals castles and huts. The wanderer is represented by a malfunctioning time machine that brings melting realism.

With bowed metallic shimmers and a harp, eventually the ticking of the clocks, "Abundant Time [Stemiostratamos]" (4:46) delivers mystery and relentless maddening ticking sometimes too close. Using the subconscious as a source of creativity and searching for an underlying epistemological view, perhaps pause to ponder abundant time, the harp is lit by breezes, across a glowing night sky, slowly haunted by ticking from more than one timepiece, mechanical fog fading in and past and out visiting several times. What is constant is the glowing night sky.

I hear a gong rumbling slowly in a distant cave, "Chaos In Premonition [Firestimo Mutato]" (8:54), a melody sparkles then flitters and in places new elements emerge, joyful and fast moving at times, flying in a sunny sky over fields of wildflowers. We might be inches off of the ground or we might be arcing high across the horizon, gentle so gentle, an atmosphere of constant change suspended and contrasting, flutes changing into fire, stimulating dancing cave worms glow red, but are not actually on fire.

There are distant night bugs somewhere out there, "Deep Chasm [Subliminostrum]" (10:40), down in the delicate darkness with lots of layered granular textures suggesting an atmosphere of gloom, caves and tunnels, a cathedral deep below very deep, sounding slowly in the darkness, ultimately creating an atmosphere of peace in gloom.

Now I think that there is a new part of a story here and it is frightening at times, there is a ghost choir very far away and rattles waddle, dry seeds shaking, rattles crunch while dry plant-based chimes ring and ghostly smallish bells tinkle. "Mutations Of The Highest Order [MOTHO]" (8:47) fosters an atmosphere of silence with mild imperfections, metal ringing, signaling? I hear hand percussion rolling slowly in dream time, step by step steady jogging in the wilderness. For a moment a gigantic moth with wings the size of a football field struggles to right itself. I heard it clearly.

We are on a strange journey, right now we are in a very big old magic castle, there is a flute and there are hands keeping a marching beat, following the transverse wind melodics perfectly. "Logic Of Expression [Praetoreum]" (5:39) cultivates a simple continuous hand made beat or pulse, gathering the willing from all quarters, hands walking in a line. Yes it is spooky here.

"Immortals And Their Graves [Sacriligonus]" (7:38) with a flute driven dramatic flourish, whispers deep in the wood chant in fragments, day or night it does not matter, an atmosphere of danger with shadows. The cemetery location is always a constant refuge for the living, where the dead rest, nobody goes there; except for wood spirits, sometimes we remember that we all go below the surface of the Earth. "Crevices In Dark Places [Anexplicora]" (7:12) with night sounds in the wilderness and crickets crunching, I hear a drone melody on an organ that eventually emerges from a dark and gentle and delicate slow moving something. Something is taking form, yes, that is a ghost - I think so. A noisy crack in a distressed void, the atmosphere is all about night bugs. Some other parts of this track are darker with very scary horror music in miniature places, a crepuscular chorus and a haunted tableaux come to life.

For the closing track, "Sleep Of Innocence [Embulata]" (4:52) followers will find the great release, the gentle flow upwards. Does the dream have a false sense of confidence?

Never ask, just accept the gentle release, gentle clouds with voices singing lullaby tones floating in a night rainbow sky, and hidden layers of caliginous kaleidoscopic shadow spirits. It just is strange to listen to. This is the second of three albums by Desensitized.

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Rating: Excellent
The London Sessions: Reflections from Studio 2 by Ed Bazel
- posted by Robin James on 10/7/2022
From West Virginia to Abbey Road
Instrumental piano music, with sweet strings that add an extra depth and make the sound just float sometimes. Twelve tracks, all played perfectly, painting pictures of the soul that you can't see but you can hear. Bazel is a true instrumentalist. He is not an extravagant performer, he is simply the pianist. His delivery is quite remarkable, he has a natural way of conveying relaxed comfort, this is how you settle the woes of the day.

The opener is an elegant, uplifting and sunny tune titled “Morning Glory” (2:18). Imagine the morning light playing on delicate vines festooned with blue cone-shaped flowers. Next, luxuriously slow and hesitant in just the right places, sentimental and sweet, “Mountain Serenity” (3:22), perhaps a story explaining and describing the feeling of undisturbed peace away from the rest of the world, a story told without using any words.

The third song is well known, “In My Life” (3:48), rendered with loving devotion.and done in one take and it takes a special turn midway, bringing in a classical dimension, all perfect. “Old Friends” (3:02) is an original meditation on people we know who remain close in spirit, up and down. “After The Rain” (2:39) feels clear and refreshed, the world opening again into the light.

“Soaring” (3:24) brings a feeling of flying high in the sky at sunset, ever rising. “Mountain Joy” (2:59) features a melody that is wondrously nostalgic and original, the feeling is like a good memory, perhaps a hymn to the sky. Back on earth, “Daydream” (2:41) is both simple and fanciful at the same time, daydreams are where new ideas come from. Now it is time for an “Evening Stroll” (2:42), the feeling is relaxed and fanciful, walking through memories as though returning to a quiet neighborhood. There was that yellow cotton dress she wore that time, and there were old men playing checkers by the trees. “Passages” (3:21) brings bittersweet moments made whole again. “I Will Think Of You” (2:38) is about recollecting someone distinctive and close, the music is sad and haunting, to the end.

The closer is the immortal “Yesterday” (2:40). When recording this important and classic Beatles song, the sound is very thoughtful and romantic. The whole album as a whole brings a sense of calm and warmth, the piano player from Huntington, West Virginia has journeyed a long way!

1. Morning Glory
2. Mountain Serenity
3. In My Life
4. Old Friends
5. After The Rain
6. Soaring
7. Mountain Joy
8. Daydream
9. Evening Stroll
10. Passages
11. I Will Think Of You
12. Yesterday
Rating: Excellent
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