Album Review of Let There Be Light by Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer

 

Let There Be Light is the second collaborative release by multi-instrumentalist Tom Moore and international flutist Sherry Finzer. Continuing along the musical path of their phenomenal debut album entitled Whispers from Silence, the talented pair create sublime ethno-ambient passages on their fantastic follow-up release. Comprised of nine compositions spanning fifty-five minutes, Let There Be Light is a sonic exploration of nature’s most omnipresent element, as the duo weave electronic and organic instrumentation into a musical mandala of seemingly Zen-like mysticism and transcendent tranquility. Despite the album’s title, the pair elegantly contrast the light with shadow by blending in darker shades of mystery throughout – thereby imparting a perfectly balanced semblance of yin and yang.

 

 

Album Review of Spiritual Odyssey by Russell Suereth


Spiritual Odyssey is the fourth album by electronic keyboardist, composer and vocalist Russell Suereth. Having initially released a couple of 60’s-influenced pop/rock albums, Russell markedly shifted his musical focus to the loosely-defined “new age” genre with his all-instrumental third release entitled Spiritual Haven that drew upon subtle ethnic influences. Continuing his sonic exploration of transcendental themes, Russell seems to have both literally and figuratively found his voice with Spiritual Odyssey – an album that easily outshines his previous releases to a remarkable extent. Singing in an airily carefree and low-key style that’s complimented by dreamy synthesized textures and subtle world-tinged rhythms, Russell’s melodies often bear reminiscence to that of both The Beloved and The Alan Parsons Project.

 

 

Album Review of 2440 Millennial by Renascence

2440 Millennial is the second volume of a project called Music Uniquely Yours by Texas-based composer Tony Clark and released under the project name of Renascence. Conceived with the intention of inviting the listener on a peaceful, relaxing journey, the album’s title was inspired by the Millennial generation – particularly one individual named Juha – to whom this album is dedicated. Composed on electronic keyboard and synthesizer, the approximately 40-minute album is comprised of four immersive soundscapes that traverse ambient, minimal and experimental space music terrain.

 

 

Album Review of Gaia by Jon Richards


Gaia is the seventh album by Jon Richards and follow-up to his fantastic Earthlight album – both and others having been released on Medwyn Goodall’s UK-based record label, MG Music. Noted for his brand of electronic fantasy and nature themed music, Jon explores further musical ground with Gaia, interweaving styles of cinematic electronic, ambient and space music with added subtle touches of rock throughout its seven compositions, of which span just over an hour.

 

 

Playlists for January 2018

 

Playlists for January 2018

 

Happy New Year! Plus new affiliate broadcast & site launch

 

With 2017 soon wrapping up, here at JOURNEYSCAPES we look forward to bringing you more great music in 2018 in the form of our weekly one-hour broadcasts and 24/7 streaming station.

 

As some of you may have noticed, we've just revamped our website design and will continue making some minor tweaks and adjustments throughout the pages in the upcoming weeks. In addition, we're especially excited to announce the launch of a brand new weekly, one-hour radio broadcast and accompanying blog called AURAL AWAKENINGS.

 

 

Album Review of Ring Around the Moon by Richard Dillon

 

Richard Dillon is a Seattle-based pianist and composer who began writing solo piano music about four years ago. Citing fellow pianist-composers David Nevue, Joe Bongiorno and Neil Patton as some of his greatest musical career influences, Dillon’s own style ranges from neo-impressionist to Celtic. Originally released in 2014, Ring Around the Moon is comprised of 13 original solo piano compositions inspired by the winter season.

 

 

New Release from eRa

eRa has released a new album on Decca Records entitled The 7th Sword. A musical project spearheaded by the French composer Eric Lévi, eRa blends Latin chants, Medieval-style phonetic choirs, English-sung lyrics and some world vocals with contemporary electronic and pop-rock arrangements. Their self-titled debut release in 1997 spawned a major hit on French radio called “Ameno”, propelling the accompanying album and subsequent releases to international success.

Album Review of Christmas: Plain & Simple III by Michele McLaughlin

Michele McLaughlin is a self-taught pianist and composer who relays musical storytelling via her instrument. One listen to any of her albums and it becomes evident right away that she was simply born to play and compose on the piano. The third installment of her Christmas trilogy, entitled Christmas – Plain & Simple III, is comprised of 12 compositions that includes one original piece. Literally absent of any fancy bells or whistles, Michele artfully distills the essence of these wonderful Christmas classics.

The Top 25 Albums of 2017

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