German-born artist Karunesh migrated to the exotic Hawaiian Islands back in 1992 and clearly his tropical retreat has resulted in some very inspiring music. Merging his more commercial sensibilities with mystical meditative qualities, Karunesh has recorded four valuable albums for Real Music, highlighted by the exceptional Call Of The Mystic, released back in 2004. Enlightenment: A Sacred Collection represents the label’s effort to encapsulate his four recordings in one tidy package.
It is no hidden secret that Liquid Music is the mastermind of keyboard player Chuck Wild who was part of the mid 80’s band Missing Persons. Though by the early nineties Wild found he was seeking solace and began creating calming solo material under the name Liquid Mind. With ten studio recordings to his name, the latest is subtitled Meditation with Wild retaining the wide open spaces courtesy of his soft flighty keyboards to create another project that will help you get away from it all.
It has been over 13 years since Kevin Kern released his solo debut In The Enchanted Garden. Since then Kern has remained loyal to Real Music with Endless Blue Sky representing his eighth original recording for the label. For those of you that love his soft romantic melodies, you will not be disappointed as Kern has become one of the genre’s most reliable and consistent recording artists. With the return of the organic touch via guest musician versus the prefabricated strings, Kern has brought back some of the magic we experienced on The Winding Path.
Endless Blue Sky is Kevin Kern’s first recording in more than three years and his ninth release to date. One of the most stylistically consistent artists out there, Kern continues his tradition of albums that overflow with warmth and optimism. In such globally troubled times, I find it amazing to hear music of such peace and calm and wonder if Kern is truly such an optimist or if he finds his own refuge in creating music of blissful contentment.
Despite the stellar results of his last recording Lotus Land, it didn’t quite keep the momentum of his pinnacle Real Music recording Sacred River. As for his latest endeavor Sanctuary, though the title is common and overused in the New Age genre, there is absolute nothing ordinary about the magnificent musical contents. Although Gandalf has been around for what seems to be forever, this does not seem to dilute his creative juices which are clearly obvious on his latest offering that is equal to or even exceeds the wonders of Sacred River.