Liquid Mind has crafted an engrossing release in Liquid Mind XII: Peace. “At the Center is Love” opens up with confident synths that elicit imagines of a warm, inviting glade. The 6-plus minute run time of this introduction provides Liquid Mind the time to gradually move into a more richly emotive sound.
Nebula by The Haiku Project The Haiku Project's latest project Nebula begins with a titular effort that sets the stage for all of the twists and turns that are to follow. Sweeping synths have an air of gravitas. There is a strong narrative element that is woven through this introductory track which makes its 5:30 run time seem much shorter. “Breeze” has hints of a vocal element that play at the upper registers while the piano line acts as the canvas upon which the rest of the track is built.
Over the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to review a few of Bernward Koch’s albums, including Remembering, Silent Star, and Day of Life. Filled with Light is his latest release, and I feel that Koch has been able to make his strongest and most cohesive statement yet. Filled With Light begins with “Su
Breathe, Carl Borden's sophomore release on the Real Music label, begins with “I Lift My Hands.” This four and a half minute introductory song blends together bold synth lines that set the stage for the approaches and environment to follow, and will keep listeners on the edge of their seats. Borden's ability to create such a coherent introductory statement is unparalleled.
Kenio Fuke’s “Enchanted Forest” starts off Real Music’s latest compilation of healing music, creating a calm and serene mood. Fuke’s usage of ambient noises (birds chirping) works well to set up a soundscape of the outdoors. Next up, Gandalf’s “Love is the Answer” is totally engrossing, using bold strokes that gradually give way to a passionate flute / synth sound that rises and falls like the seasons. Hilary Stagg’s “Beyond the Horizon,” and Eamonn Karran’s “Fascination” then provide competing interpretations of natural and modern elements.