This compilation links together some of the most airy and serene creations in the Real Music catalog, ensuring that Angels of Hope is a title chock-full of the biggest names in new age music. Kevin Kern, Omar Akram, Sacred Earth, Gandalf, and Liquid Mind are all represented, despite the sheer differences.
“Fairy Dance” is a twinkling composition that is able to tell more of a story than a vocal-heavy composition. Karran’s piano work here is delicate, strong, and always interesting — listeners will be set adrift on the compositions that begin his latest release, Forgotten Road. “Angel of Tullagh Strand” is much more introspective than precedent tracks on Forgotten Road, showcasing a wholly different set of sounds and approaches taken by Karran.
“Heaven’s Window” is the first track on Peter Kater’s Etheria and is a bold track that extends to nearly the eight minute mark. A microcosm of the styles, approaches, and influences that are near and dear to Kater’s heart are presented here. The track is able to easily ensnare listeners with the wide array of sounds and distinct movements that are presented at the onset. Where many pop tracks fade out at about the three or four minute mark, Kater is able to go and continually make it over the seven and a half minute mark with each of the tracks on Etheria.
“Freedom’s Alluring Call” is a trance-infused instrumental composition that deftly links together natural and artificial elements into something that is brooding, expressive, and carries a narrative richer than any vocal effort.
“The Joy of Quiet Rain Mix” is an absolutely epic effort, with a number of different movements that elicit different emotions and mindstates. There are several environmental sounds that are interspersed during this effort (rain following thunder) that approximate a storm that washes everything away. One can meditate and create a positive state in this nearly ten-minute offering.