Thursday, October 18, 2018
From the opening piece “Dream of Life” the listener is seemingly swept up on a magical night-flight guided by the song’s choral-pop vocal arrangement, which is feathered among a richly cinematic soundscape likewise mirrored on other compositions such as “Butterfly”, “Stars and Moon” and “Strings of Your Heart”. One of my favorite pieces is “Finding You”, which unfolds like a Celtic lullaby with its tender harp and gentle guitar. Randy’s progressive rock influences are especially noted on “To Live Again”, which he beautifully sings to a gentle arrangement of piano and symphony. “Memory of Tomorrow” is perhaps the ultimate highlight for me; the most haunting piece on the album due to its mysterious, minor key affections along the way, it enchantingly lulls the listener into a dreamlike haze.
Collectively, the lyrical vocal portions on this album are somewhat reminiscent of the male/female ‘new age’ music duo Llewellyn of whom I’m also a longtime fan. Additionally, the gorgeous CD booklet includes the songs’ inspiringly romantic and celestially poetic lyrics accompanied by stunning fantasy-nature artwork. Overall sweet and sparkling yet rich in depth, A World Away is, unsurprisingly, another top-notch album from 2002 that will likely appeal to fans of Enya, Llewellyn and Jon Anderson, as well as lovers of Celtic, ethereal and fantasy music! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and CD Baby.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
One of my favorite pieces herein is “Wah Yantee One”, which imparts a velvety atmosphere around Gurujas’ layered and reverberating voice. In fact, on several pieces the infusion of delicate classical strings and ethereally echoing vocal layers somewhat resembles an Enya-esque soundscape – albeit laced with Indian rather than Celtic overtones. Another pristine highlight is “Mere Lal Jio”, which atmospherically recalls Sheila Chandra or Lisa Gerrard with its haunting vocal intonations and shadowy minimal soundscape. In a complimentary contrast, “Ram Ram” gets a nice groove going with its emphasis on Indian tablas, swirly guitar accents and catchy vocal melody.
Ethereal yet earthy and always heavenly blissful, White Sun III is an impressively beautiful, nurturing and comforting album which is certain to further grow the devoted listener following that White Sun has already garnered in just a couple of years! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Presented in alphabetical order by artist name.
|Artist Name||Album Title||Record Label|
|Aidia||A Beautiful Fall||Kevin Keller Productions|
|Áine Minogue||Eve||Áine Minogue|
|Barbara Graff||Beginnings||Barbara Graff|
|Carl Weingarten||This Is Where I Found You||Multiphase|
|Cory Lavine||Out of the Blue||Cory Lavine|
|Deborah Martin||Selections||Spotted Peccary|
|Don Latarski||River||Heart Dance|
|Eamonn Karran||I'll Be With You||Real Music|
|Eric Tingstad||Electric Spirit||Cheshire|
|Erik Scott||A Trick of the Wind||Erik Scott|
|Gareth Laffely & Lance Bendiksen ft. Wes||Voices of the Guardians||Roaring Brook|
|Gary Schmidt||Even for a Moment||Heart Dance|
|Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning||Eirlandia||Arkmusic|
|Ken Verheecke||Between Earth & Sky||Heart Dance|
|Kevin Wood||Eternal||Real Music|
|Loreena McKennitt||Lost Souls||Quinlan Road|
|Michelle Qureshi||Short Stories||Music as Metaphor|
|Monica Williams||Journey of Tears||Heart Dance|
|Peter Calandra||Carpe Noctem||PCM|
|Rachel LaFond||Encounters of the Beautiful Kind||Rachel LaFond|
|Ron Korb||World Café||Humbledragon Entertainment|
|Sherry Finzer & Mark Holland||Somewhere New||Heart Dance|
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