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Michael Neil – Silent Light “Enchanting Soundscapes”

The latest installment by the UK sound sculpture ‘Michael Neil’ called ‘Silent Light’ is yet another incredible effort that keeps inspiring and amaze me more and more with each listen. The music could best be described as contemporary New Age music, much in the same vein as Tim Story. I have most of Neil’s CD’s and this one is one of my favourites after ‘Trust’ from 1995. There is a depth and soul to these enchanting soundscapes similar to what you can hear on his CD ‘Towards The Unknown Region’. And this is especially notable on the track ‘Sea Life, which is one of the stand-out tracks on the CD. Much because it has a haunting yet emotional feel to it that captures your ears (and mind) instantly. A beautiful piece!.

Another wonderful track is the opener ‘Silent Light’. It builds very nicely in quite a complex and moody way, without being repetitive or anything like that. What really does it to me in this track is the echoing piano, being played in THE most beautiful way you can imagine. Again, the structure reminds me alot of ‘Tim Story’s’ style which is a good thing!. The last fave piece I have on this CD is the track ‘Still Voices’, and brings us some haunting piano playing again, but in a darker sense. It’s a mix between light & dark, good and bad, so to speak. It’s even a bit scary at times. A superb piece that has to be heard along with the other lush pieces on this remarkable CD.

I’d say go get this beauty before it’s too late. It’s a needful thing in your New Age collection, no doubt about that!. Thumbs up…again!. Well done, Michael!


May 12, 2010 Posted by | Atmospheric/New Age Music, New Age Music | | 1 Comment

Frederic Wurtz (aka AEM) – Vision Reality (1990)

Again, Frederic Wurtz has released yet another breathtaking album. Wonder why he kept it in his vault for this long? It should have gotten a proper release way back in 1990. Anyway,  on this album Wurtz showcases his ability on the keyboards and sequencers when he is at the top of his game. There are many similarities to the albums ‘Temporal Side’ and ‘Vision Set’ on this release. The structure is very much the same, and one can’t escape the typical Wurtz “trademark” sound. However, this is a good thing, at least to me it is. There are lots of mindbreaking sequencing (as usual), but there is also alot of very innovatite passageways throughout the album that captures the listener with it’s intense and ever changing sound structure. Everything builds in the most infectious way you are unlikely to hear anywhere else. Both parts (called ‘Vision Reality’ Part 1 and 2) consists of pulsating sequencing and an incredibly harmonic atmosphere that progress through in various EM styles along with a constant long-form synth-line that breaks through every now and then, and creates a synth inferno that is really hard to beat!. At times this album reminds me of ‘Rene Splinter’s’ music, as  both Rene and Frederic are using the same kind of sequencing sound, directly taken from the 80’s.

I’m 101% sure that most EM fanatics will love what this quality EM album has to offer, especially the die-hard 80’s fan, like myself. It’s a great addition to your music collection. Nuff said!

Buy the album at http://www.musiczeit.com

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment

Frederic Wurtz (aka AEM) – Worldwide Of Sirius (1995)

As a long-time fan of Mr.Wurtz amazing sequencer music, I just HAD to write a little review for this newly released album called ‘Worldwide of Sirius’. Now, If you’re familiar with Wurtz traditional sound from albums like ‘Vision Set’ and ‘Sequence Time’ then you will find tons to enjoy on this stunning album. Not only has it the great elements of early 80’s Berlin School style sequencing, but it also has a very innovative and lush atmosphere one has to hear to understand it!. The whole album (which consist of one long track) is a tad ‘short’ though, only about 18 minutes, but those 18 minutes will be the thrill of a lifetime if you’re into unique sequencing with a lush ambient and emotional atmosphere in-between.

And is it just me, or was this album recorded live? One would think so, since it appears that there is a crowd ‘implemented’ at times in the music. However, this really does add an even better ‘live’ experience to the album, and does not affect/disturb the music itself, not at all, as it’s on a very low frequence. The whole album is really awesome, no doubt about that. Everything is very well arranged and composed and does not bore you one bit, unlike many other EM artists out there who keep the same pattern in their music to a very long, and at times boring extent. Oh well, if you know your EM and want some rather unique 80’s sequencing with an emotionally driven atmosphere in the mix then this is definetely for You!. Top Stuff!

You can Buy the album at http://www.musiczeit.com.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Progressive Electronic Music | | Leave a comment