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.
A lot of times, when a soundtrack producer wants something exotic for an underscore, they seem to hint at material like this, but hearing this recording makes you realize by how much they miss the boat. Not a typical new age/healing record, Teredesai transposes ragas for bamboo flute taking them someplace else entirely. With some electronic help to round out the sound, this collection of mind music is the gateway to some faraway place you imagine so it doesn’t matter how accurate your visions are.
In an increasingly noisy world, can a collection called “Stillness” be over looked? Probably not. A meditative album with cuts pulled from artists new and vintage at the label, it’s a well tracked, themed showcase that has audio getaway stamped all over it. Never drippy or exploitative, this is a set for people serious about getting their equilibrium back after one too many hits in the head, psychic or otherwise. Yep, it’s a spa afternoon for your head.
Reviver of a neglected art and instrument, this artist plays the kind of simple, background music that you hear in classy Chinese restaurants that play music like this for the rarified atmosphere it provides. A delicate work, the gentle vibe runs throughout delivering a special listening experience that is something pretty much different for Western ears. Arm chair travelers will enjoy this excursion into the real thing.
Noted ambient producer turns his attention to music for spas with this genre bending set that has new age meeting trip hop and club music. By bending electronica elements, less than you would think, the genre splice is successful. A well crafted set for those making the transition from club hopper to suburban mom (and wondering how they got there), David has handily moved down-tempo from Ibiza to mud masks and pedicures with no bumps in the road.