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

Album Review of Winter Carols by Blackmore's Night

Winter Carols is a double-album of Christmas and holiday songs by the band Blackmore’s Night, comprised of Ritchie Blackmore (of Deep Purple and Rainbow) and his wife Candice Night. Performing a style of music that is often described as renaissance folk-rock, their signature sound naturally provides the perfect musical context for these timeless compositions. The first disc includes fifteen studio recordings while the second disc features live versions of five pieces from disc one. Disc two also includes four additional variations of “Christmas Eve”, with the original version likewise appearing on disc one. Performed and sung in the spirit of hundreds of years ago when peasants and royalty alike shared in the joy of the holidays, the pieces on Winter Carols often paint transportive mental images of old European houses and castles among a magical winter scenery complete with people enjoying food, festivities, music and dance.

Album Review of Lead Me Home by Camille Nelson

Camille Nelson is a highly-accomplished guitarist and violinist whose second studio album, Lead Me Home, was released on Stone Angel Music. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Camille also lived in Nashville, Tennessee for a couple of years, has visited more than 70 countries, and speaks English, German and Italian. Comprised of 12 compositions that feature renditions of traditional hymns and pieces composed by the artist, Lead Me Home is a glowingly captivating acoustic guitar and string ensemble album, which could be further described as a unique blend of classical, inspirational, acoustic-folk and contemporary instrumental styles with notable overtones of Celtic and Americana. Shane Mickelsen is the album’s conductor and string arranger, while an outstanding lineup of contributing musicians variably lend violins, viola, cello, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar.

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