Music Reviews


Slow Meadow by Slow Meadow (Matt Kidd)

Slow Meadow CD

Slow Meadow’s debut CD is a wonderfully crafted 62 minute ambient soundscape. Gentle piano, cello and violin melodies drift above expansive electric guitar washes and soothing synthesizer drones. These nine… Read More→

Nanda Devi by Hans Christian

Nanda Devi CD

Hans Christian’s latest CD, Nanda Devi, honors the tall sacred mountains of northern India. These nine compositions contain a richly layered tapestry of mystical and enchanting sounds. Listening to this… Read More→

James by Lowercase Noises

James by Lowercase Noises

Recording artist Andrew Othling has created an album for each of his children as a gift upon their birth. James is the name of his fourth child and the title of… Read More→

Reveal by Elskavon

Elskavon cd

Reveal, the third album from Chris Bartels’ ambient project Elskavon, is a magical blend of beautiful sonic textures, slowly played piano and guitar, and sparsely placed post-rock drums. There is a deep feeling of fluidity and spaciousness on Reveal, perhaps due to the album having been composed in Minneapolis where water is abundant and the winters are cold, snowy and long. The synthesizer pads, guitar and piano are calming, soothing and mesmerizing, while the addition of percussion on several of the tracks adds an energizing, uplifting and driving force. All of the tracks are superbly produced and reflect Bartels’ experience writing music for film, television and online projects.

Shakti Guitar by Stevin McNamara

Shakti Guitar : A Yogic Journey from Dawn to Deepest Night

Stevin McNamara’s seventh solo album, Shakti Guitar, is a mesmerizing 75-minute soundtrack that pairs well with the ebb and flow of a yoga practice. This mystical sonic journey begins with the soothing sounds of nylon-string guitar, bansuri flute and tambora, inspired by the quiet and awakening energies of dawn. We are slowly brought into the fiery aliveness of midday in the fourth track with a faster tempo through the addition of upbeat drums and percussion. The remainder of the CD travels into the nighttime with slower tempos, less instrumentation and the notable addition of beautiful Indian female vocals.

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