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.
A new age record that sounds like a [Ennio] Morricone soundtrack? Strange but true. If you can imagine Morricone at his most peaceful, impressionistic best, you get what Amberfern’s tribute to the ocean is all about. How’s that for a work around? The multi-instrumentalist delivers the goods here with a set that you would want to slip your massage therapist as a gift when her music shelf needs some updating.