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.
Touched by Love, the new Bernward Koch release on the Real Music label, pulls from Koch’s considerable discography to showcase his strongest love-themed compositions, and includes two new efforts — “Memories of a Cherry Tree” and “Hope.”
Over the course of the thirteen tracks on Karran’s third release Celtic Skies, he establishes a distinctive soundscape that joins together ancient sounds and approaches with a more contemporary sort of music. “Irish Skies” is a tender track that is able to cover a surprising distance over the course of five minutes.
After a brief 1:16 prelude, “The Secret Inside,” track 2, “From the Depth of the Earth” establishes the environment that listeners will exist in over the course of Gandalf’s latest release, All Is One - One is All. Next “Starshine of Ever” rises and falls, utilizing minor shifts and changes taken over the course of 7-plus minutes to establish a cohesive entity. A piano and cello intensity pushes each element to a nice plateau, giving listeners a narrative voice to appreciate.
Moksha – The Path to Inner Peace, Rajendra Teredesai’s latest effort, places listeners in a timeless position. The album has Teredesai place his own spirit on Indian ragas; the atmosphere that is established over the nearly-fifty minutes of the album is impressive.