This Celt piano man’s special secret sauce is that he plays his melodies on a real piano rather than relying on voltage to get his message across. Sounding like a Jim Brickman that never doubled in commercials, Karran delivers lovely music that takes you away and feels like it frees your mind from the traumas of the day. Real music, as opposed to noodling, this well constructed, well played and well written session takes you back to the days when the bedrock new age labels were right in the sweet spot between noodling and selling out, when they were creating the mass market for new age.
When properly harvested, creativity and imagination can be unlocked to the nth degree with marvelous results. Since there are only four elements in western culture, the Real Music’s Elements Series came to its logical conclusion after the fourth entry. While the label and the artist pieced out what to do next, the light bulb moments came in the question, what if there was a fifth element? And? Now, in Kater’s ears, the heavens are the fifth element. Why not?
You don't often see Bernie Grundmann in the credits for a new age record, but you don't often find one made by one of the cats behind "Max Headroom."
If you know enough about Kern’s music to have an opinion about it, chances are it’s always a good one. One of those crafty piano man/instrumentalists, he knows how to consistently make winning instrumental music without ever crossing the line into easy listening dreck. With ten albums already out on Real Music, this is the right time to take a look back and group some of his best into a themed collection. This one focuses on his romantic side and it really ought to be packaged with some candles and some wine better than Two Buck Chuck.
Uh oh, here's what happens when you get too many new toys at once. Sacred Earth has moved their catalog over to Real Music. Earlier this year, Real put out four of their seven albums all at once. There are three more up their sleeves ready to go. This set, which has a cover very similar to The Way Home is actually a round up of tracks from all seven sets. Now that you got that straight, this is a great way to get introduced to this earthy duo as their sets can vary from kind of world beaty to deep new agy.