Each moment of every day we can discover the richness of life and if we look through such eyes, we cannot help discovering the “colors of a new dawn.” Listen and let your heart fill with hope and expectation. Austrian born Gandalf blends acoustic, electronic and spherical sounds and weaves folk elements into a symphonic structure to create his unmistakable and unique musical style.
Colors of a New Dawn
|1. Rhythm of the Tides 6:17|
|2. Bridge of Confidence 5:29|
|3. In the Presence of Angels 4:54|
|4. Iris 9:05|
|5. From Distant Shores 7:17|
|6. In the Presence of Angels (reprise) 1:41|
|7. Hearts in Celestial Unison 4:56|
|8. Flowers Along the Way 2:53|
|9. Colors of a New Dawn 6:32|
|10. Brighter Than A Star 7:12|
A lovely impressionistic set that focuses on sunrise by the sea, Gandalf weaves a magical spell that provides one of the better audio getaways around. A strong set that hides it's power behind of gentle curtain, this sonic pleaser has no dead spots or noodling as it moves you along it's path. More global music than world beat, those that already trust him as a brand name won't be disappointed, those that are new will be enchanted.
Stoking the flame with guitars, keyboards, sax, and more, Gandalf plays new age melodies that thanks to some lush and sparkling orchestration have a little extra wizardry than this same material might find in less experienced hands. Most everything has a synth pad background, and he does a nice job integrating guitars and keys together. The music is meant to evoke thoughts and hopes of nature, love, spirituality, and just having a bit of faith in yourself. Some of this sounds very “typical” but much of it really shines and soars. Cool vocals by Julia Martin on “In the Presence of Angels,” though I’m not sure what someone continually singing the song’s title adds to the piece. “Brighter Than A Star,” the final track, has a heartfelt anthem quality about it, a very nice finale to the CD.