TIME / ARTIST NAME / TRACK TITLE / ALBUM TITLE
00:18 / Blackmore’s Night / Ghost of John / To the Moon and Back
03:52 / Joseph Akins / Ghost of Mill Wee Hollow / Into the Flow
08:50 / Omar Akram / Gypsy Spirit / Secret Journey
13:17 / Enaid / Merlin’s Secret / Avalon: A Celtic Legend
17:26 / Erik Scott / Ghosts of Storyville / A Trick of the Wind
22:59 / Aine Minogue / Ghostly Love / Eve
27:07 / Fiona Joy / Story of Ghosts / Story of Ghosts
30:29 / Jesse Cook / Witching Hour / The Blue Guitar Sessions
33:29 / Timothy Wenzel / Incantations / What We Hold Dear
38:00 / Nouveau Papillon / Enchantment Blooms / Enchantment Blooms
44:30 / Robin Spielberg / Spellbound / On the Edge of a Dream
48:58 / Kevin Kendle / The Magician / Music for Tarot
54:09 / Laura Powers / Samhain Madrigal / Legends of the Goddess
Friday, October 26, 2018
Aural Awakenings: Episode 19 (An All Hallows Eve Special)
Labels: Aine Minogue, blackmore's night, Enaid, Erik Scott, Fiona Joy, Halloween, Jesse Cook, Joseph Akins, Kevin Kendle, Laura Powers, Mixcloud Show, Nouveau Papillon, Omar Akram, Robin Spielberg, Timothy Wenzel
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Album Review: Leaning Toward Home by Holland Phillips
Two of the most enjoyable pieces to my ears are paired together – with “A Sip of Potion” being the first of these at the album’s halfway mark. Accentuating this sunny arrangement with glistening bell-like timbres, Phillips seemingly imbues it with the semblance of a vintage fantasy film. He likewise continues in this mode on my favorite piece, “Moving Forward”, wherein Phillips further delights us with a comparatively more reflective keyboard melody.
Perhaps taking a few queues from the successful works of Mannheim Steamroller, Phillips’s music is overall characterized by a distinctly 80s-era vibe that hasn’t changed much since he debuted on the music scene with his first album. Lightly treading along a comfortable course, Phillips may not be breaking new ground as a composer, but he does create harmoniously sentimental music intended to lift the spirits – and that, he certainly succeeds at! ~Candice Michelle
For more information please visit the artist's website. This album is also available at Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby and iTunes.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Album Review: Lonely Satellite by Lena Natalia
From the opening piece, “Ballerina at Night”, we’re met with an instantly memorable melody and Lena’s now-familiar style of interlocking piano figures. One of my favorites, “Munich Train 7H04”, is a shining example of Lena’s ability to imbue her compositions with a sense of haunting nostalgia. Here, as with other pieces, she achieves that by applying an echoing, reverberating effect and underlying rhythmic pulse. On “Lonely Satellite”, mellifluously cascading piano notes seemingly fall all around like raindrops onto an encircling puddle of water – making this an exemplary classical ambient piece of supreme beauty and coy elegance.
Overall keeping in line with a more minimalistic approach, Lena’s music isn’t noted by particularly overt crescendos or musical peaks throughout. Rather, her generally understated yet undeniably intricate compositions tend to beguilingly shimmer like filtered light beneath a watery surface. A musical genius in the realm of modern piano music, I expect Lena Natalia’s star will continue to rise ever-further in its sky! ~Candice Michelle
This album is available at Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Album Review: A World Away by 2002
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
Album Review: White Sun III by White Sun
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 and iTunes.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Top 25 Albums for September 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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