No, this new age duo isn’t covering Neil Young this time around. Clocking in at an hour, special note to massage therapists, they spend the time making wise, new versions of mantras that make them sound like nothing George Harrison ever would have thought possible. A very sly take on this sort of sacred music, this duo gets you looking inward in ways you never would have thought about.
The label presents us with a new duo that has honed their chops to deliver massage/yoga/healing music that has familiar elements without turning cliché. This set of inner peace music is devoted to the earth, from the rocks that provide stability to the great beyond. Rather than re-serve typical noodling of the past, there is a pop sensibility to this music that provides it with a beginning a middle and an end making it more satisfying that just drifting into the void not really knowing when it will end.
Guys like Karran are nothing but trouble. They make playing impressionistic, solo piano look and sound so easy that everyone wants to do it. And they can't. Karran is one of those piano players that feels the music. Bringing his native Irish shadings to the session, he doesn't make this a Celtic session but he does take you to all those places filled with people whose names are pronounced nothing like the way they are spelled.
For his latest, Koch turns his keyboards to soundscapes that each represent a baker’s dozen of days where you get to do what you want in peaceful surroundings without a care in the world. With themes that feel like drifting and floating that might makes you feel like Huck Finn drifting down the Mississippi away from his troubles if he was doing it today (you wouldn’t have had music like this 150 years ago, come on), this is a first class audio getaway that won’t do anything less than help you recharge the batteries. Dandy stuff to open the ears and mind with.
After copping a Grammy for his third record Echoes of Love, Omar is back with a full-on sonic assault to make sure he does it again. Not exactly pop, he does turn it up a notch loading the new age deck with pop and jazz smarts, keeping it buoyant, upbeat and winkingly sassy. This isn’t massage or healing music, this is listening music that anyone with a jazz lite bone in their body will love. Check it out.