Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Ancestral Winds 5



An organic ambient chillout mix inspired by relics of the past.

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM-EP-SINGLE
00:20 / Joseph L. Young / Secrets of Stone / Into the Unknown
05:15 / ELEON / Epic Journey / Hidden in Time
11:07 / Michael Stearns / Life in the Gravity Well / Planetary Unfolding
17:39 / Chronotope Project / Eidos, Realm of the Forms / Gnosis
27:46 / I-One / Hypnotizing / Hypnotizing
33:34 / Eguana / Forest Journey / Dialectics
37:36 / Lorenzo Montanà / Bloom Rain / Descent
43:36 / Erik Wøllo / All the Way / North Star
49:35 / Rusty Crutcher / Pythia’s Trance / Oracle of Delphi
55:14 / Meg Bowles / Cave of Secrets / Pilgrimage

Friday, June 3, 2022

Album Review: Oracle of Delphi by Rusty Crutcher

Review by Candice Michelle

Composer and Multi-instrumentalist Rusty Crutcher has been producing and releasing music on his own artist-owned label, Emerald Green Sound Productions, since 1987. Having released seven albums in his historical/mythical-themed Sacred Sites Series, Oracle of Delphi is the latest installment inspired by Crutcher’s exciting travels to sacred sites throughout the world.

As the album title suggests, Oracle of Delphi takes the listener’s mind on a journey to a glorious mystical place in Greece’s ancient past – Delphi, a sacred precinct that served as the seat of the oracle, Pythia, who was consulted by people throughout the Mediterranean and beyond.

Comprised of ten compositions spanning just under an hour, the album seemingly guides us through shadowy portals and watery corridors that are perfectly illustrated by minimalist neoclassical and symphonic ambient vistas.

We sail away to an enchanted land with the dreamily foreboding opening piece, “Miriam’s Wish”, which is characterized by an understated orchestration of synths, strings, chimes and woodwinds.

The third track, “Aegean Reflections”, is one of my favorites, pleasantly recalling the album Journey to Atlantis by Llewellyn and Kevin Kendle. Here an ethereal coalescence of flowing strings, siren-like vocals and pulsating rhythmic undercurrent paint tranquil mental images of a mythical undersea kingdom.

The fifth track, “Apollo Awakens”, is another highlight that perhaps suggests a misty sea voyage amid towering mounting cliffs with its haunting duduk, eerie timbres and glistening bell tones conveying exploration and mystery.

The seventh track, “Pythia’s Trance”, is especially noteworthy for its earthy touch and hypnotic mood on which delicate panpipe and melodic percussion evoke veiled forest imagery.

If you enjoy fantasy film scores and video game soundtracks – and Greek mythology in particular – Oracle of Delphi provides a great musical companion for nighttime listening by candlelight or while reading an exciting novel.

~Candice Michelle for Journeyscapes 

For more information please visit the artist's website. Oracle of Delphi is also available at Amazon, iTunes, and more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Cinematic Frontiers



A symphonic electronic epos inspired by the music of Vangelis.

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM-EP-SINGLE
00:20 / Vangelis / Theme from Antarctica / Antarctica
07:41 / Kerani / Gravity / Stardust
13:47 / Keith Richie / V Feeling / Ambient Highways
19:18 / Vangelis / Islands of the Orient / Oceanic
26:28 / Tigerforest / My Face In The Rain / Songs of Reverence
31:15 / Tsode / Nine Worlds / Yggdrasil
36:10 / Vangelis / Blush Response / Blade Runner
41:45 / Australis / Outposts Of Certainty / Sentient Genus
47:42 / Vangelis / Pinta, Niña, Santa Maria (Into Eternity) / 1492: Conquest of Paradise

Dedicated in loving memory of legendary Greek musician and film composer Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou (3/29/43 – 5/17/22), known professionally as Vangelis.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Secret Caravan 6



A magical night journey into Sahara & Silk Road chillout.

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM-EP-SINGLE
00:20 / Desert Dwellers / To Be the Air / Breath
08:09 / Didon / Beside You - أنا معك / Beside You - أنا معك
11:42 / Eguana & Qeight / The Path of Faith / Recreation
16:33 / Obsqure / Silk Roads / Silk Roads
22:35 / Gian Berselli & Jérémy Marais / Mouna / Creative Stillness
27:55 / Jef Stott & Mah Ze Tar / Atlas (original mix) / Zikr Project: Atlas
35:42 / Mamak Khadem / Messenger / Remembrance
40:27 / Kamarius / Jadral / Wheel of Truth
47:16 / Opium Moon / Dhikr: Day / Night + Day
53:47 / Karavan Sarai / Longing in the Stars (part 1) / The Moon’s Within Reach

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Vision Quest 2



A spacious mix of world flute & primaeval atmospheres.

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM
00:19 / Bodhi / Purple Shadows / Deep Dream
08:22 / Dean Evenson, Scott Huckabay & Phil Heaven / Edge of Forever / Healing Resonance
13:58 / Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy / Genesis / Whisper
18:49 / City of Dawn & Sherry Finzer / Paradise Fell From Your Eyes / Solace
24:03 / Healing Sound Project / Earth / Elements
30:56 / Sherry Finzer & Karasvana / Sacred Spiral / Centered
36:00 / Byron Metcalf & Mark Seelig / Winds of Spirit Four / The Winds of Spirit
41:57 / Peter Phippen / Spirit Guides / Into the Ancient
47:13 / Sherry Finzer / Through the Veil / Connections
52:55 / Terry Oldfield / Just Before Dawn / Pure Flute

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Sweet Mystique



A luscious mix of sultry downtempo chill.

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM-EP-SINGLE
00:25 / Opium Moon / I’ll Wait For You (Supreme Beings of Leisure Remix) / I’ll Wait For You
05:16 / Eric Hilton / artifact22 / artifact22
09:30 / Eguana / Lifeless / Lifeless
15:58 / Persia Beatz / Liquid Karma (Hypnoasia Mix) / Winter Time, Vol. 10
22:17 / Carl Weingarten / For Rosa / Stop Me Try
29:05 / Thomas Lemmer / Arise / Arise
32:43 / Qeight / Between / Between
37:15 / Stephen Peppos / Sun Dancer / Botanical
43:36 / Blooy feat. Anatole Muster / Sleephearts / Sleephearts
46:33 / Maji / Seven (ft. Sarah Martinico) / Healing, Vol. 1
50:41 / Jens Buchert / Twostroke / Dawnrider
55:13 / Zero Cult & Unhide / Migration / Lofi Grill, Vol. 1

Monday, March 21, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Cosmic Visions 8



A dream-chill mix of surreal ambient soundworlds.

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM-EP-SINGLE
00:25 / Erik Wøllo / Sojourn 1 / Sojourns
06:22 / Sverre Knut Johansen / Density / In Orbit
10:47 / ELEON / Venus Rising / Epoch
15:45 / Zero Cult & Unusual Cosmic Process / Awakening / Awakening
22:28 / Hollan Holmes / A Ribbon of Life / Emerald Waters
27:40 / Astropilot, Spacecraft & Lauge / City in the Clouds (Extended Version) / City in the Clouds
34:24 / Tauon / Travel / Far Away
38:15 / Johan Agebjörn & Mikael Ögren / The Hall of Crystals / Artefact
42:33 / Steve Roach / The Spiral Heart / Into the Majestic

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Celtic Reveries 8



An ethereal celtic chillscape across the emerald isle! Dedicated in memory to Irish flautist Brian Dunning (21 December 1951 – 10 February 2022).

TIME / ARTIST / TRACK / ALBUM
00:20 / David Arkenstone / Call of the Celts / Celtic Chillout Beats
04:25 / Emer Kenny / Amhrán Na Leabhar (Song of the Books) / Emer Kenny
09:42 / Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning / The Healing Dream / Patrick
15:37 / Clannad / I Will Find You / In a Lifetime
20:39 / Anúna / Christus Resurgens / Cynara
23:51 / Le Arcane / Mother / La Via dell’Energia
27:42 / Llewellyn / Kingdom of the Faery / Celtic Legend
34:30 / Moya Brennan / Falling / Two Horizons
38:47 / Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning / Under the Summer Stars / Eirlandia
42:46 / Chris Conway / From Shore to Shore / Celtic Dreamer
49:55 / Dagda / Abhaile / Hibernia: The Story of Ireland
53:33 / Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning / Lady Sovereignty / The Bard & the Warrior

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Album Review: The Moon's Within Reach by Karavan Sarai

Review by Abdul Yamani


Karavan Sarai creates world fusion music that traverse landscapes spanning from the Middle East to South Asia. Their debut album Woven Landscapes (2015) along with the band’s follow-up releases Painted Sands (2018) and Torn In Love (2020) all peaked at high positions on world music charts and achieved much critical acclaim. 

On their latest release, The Moon’s Within Reach, Karavan Sarai takes us on a mesmerizing journey inspired by Silk Road pathways and desert sands. Here you’ll discover the spirit of Egyptian, Arabian, Turkish and Indian music fused with the lush electronic creations of two-time Grammy-nominated producer and programmer Carmen Rizzo.

Instrumentalist, vocalist, composer and producer Narayan Sijan describes images of “Sufis playing music, whirling from the deserts of India to the Nile River and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt” and “fire in the sand dunes under a starry night” among his personal encounters and experiences which inspire his musical art-form, and are captured in the album’s two meditatively flowing compositions.

On the extended hypnotic piece, “Longing in the Stars" featuring Tabeah, the Turkish saz is brought into dialogue with the Egyptian oud which are encompassed by ambient textures sustained throughout. Transcendent male and female vocal melodies eventually join along, creating a colorful cultural tapestry that speaks to the depths of the soul as a sonic perfume fills the air with a mystical scent.

~Abdul Yamani for Journeyscapes Radio

For more information please visit Karavan Sarai's website. The Moon's Within Reach is also available at Bandcamp, iTunes and more.