Chuck Wild (a.k.a. Liquid Mind) has been soothing the spirits and easing the pain of untold listeners since the 1994 release of his debut, Ambience Minimus. Considered one of the leading practitioners of healing music, Wild continues to hone his style with each CD. By blending state-of-the-art synthesized chorals, exemplary orchestral keyboards, and a dose of subtle electronic textures (deep in the mix yet easily discernible on headphones), Wild has once again crafted the equivalent of a musical balm.
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Chuck Wild (a.k.a. Liquid Mind) has been at the forefront of healing, sedative music since the first Liquid Mind release in 1994. He first recorded these calming soundscapes for his own benefit and relaxation, but before long, word had spread and now his many CDs are featured in numerous wellness and healing environments, including hospital ICUs, pediatric units, and pain clinics. Dream features both a new 10-minute track and two “specially mixed” cuts featuring excerpts from previous releases.
Real Music continues to be among the best New Age labels currently in business, and this compilation makes that abundantly clear. Meant as an accompaniment to massage, the music is diverse enough to serve better as a primer for the entire genre if you have some customers who are newbies. Many of the New Age genre’s various musical styles are exemplified by artists such as Thierry David, Mike Howe, Omar Akram, Kevin Kern, Liquid Mind, and Karunesh. Piano, flute, guitar, percussion, sitar, and keyboards all take a turn in the spotlight.
Kudos to Terence Yallop and Real Music for releasing this debut effort from acoustic guitarist/keyboardist/percussionist Mike Howe. Time Stands Still evokes favorable comparison to Bruce BecVar’s classic Forever Blue Sky, albeit more relaed and subdued in nature — although the uptempo “Musselwick” is easily one of the best songs I’ve heard this year with a catchy-as-all-get-out refrain. However, it’s the gentle embrace of tracks such as “Falling Leaf, Turning World,” “Journey Home,” and “When the Snow Comes” that delivers exquisite listening enjoyment.
Acoustic guitarist Mike Howe’s Round River is dedicated to an environmental group (Round River Conservation Studies) that seeks to preserve and restore wild places. However, there is nothing “wild” about these exquisite guitar tone poems (subtly enhanced with occasional electronic shadings or soft rhythms, such as on “Meet You There” or the closing “Where We Once Stood”). Every bit as soothing as Howe’s superb debut, Time Stands Still, this sophomore album flows effortlessly throughout its 15 tracks the same way a river wends its way across a rural landscape.