New Release from Max Corbacho

"Max Corbacho has been crafting electronic soundscapes for almost two decades and has progressively refined his space ambient style since his debut, Vestiges, appeared in 1998. Experimenting and forcing the limits of looping, reverb, Fx processing, and sequencing, Corbacho strengthens the oceanic character of his albums and intensifies its time-suspending quality. Source of Present starts through the magmatic flow of "The Beginning of Remembering", the first track of this new album, created during long sessions between 2015 and 2017. Dramatically, the music moves slowly as cosmic, nebulous, expansive stratums, orbiting into the boundaries of consciousness. It moves smoothly like long slow waves, perhaps here calmer and softer than in recent works, giving continuity to the line undertaken in the double album The Ocean Inside." ~Press Release

Album Review of Metamorphic Waves by Sequential Dreams

Metamorphic Waves is the latest album from Sequential Dreams, one of several recording aliases of Canada-based electronic music composer Ron Charron. The tenth installment in the Sequential Dreams series, Metamorphic Waves was particularly inspired by Tangerine Dream’s Force Majeure era, expounding on the band’s late 70’s and early 80’s signature electronic music style – much to the extent that this album often convincingly sounds like it was recorded on the very same equipment! Comprised of six compositions spanning a little over an hour, each piece ranges from approximately nine to twelve minutes in length, with Ron incorporating various elements of ambient, Berlin-school, progressive rock and electronic space music into his layered arrangements. Melodically dynamic and rhythmic throughout, the album showcases a spectacular array of adventurous sci-fi soundscapes, classic sequencer motifs and cosmic vocalizations, as the true spirit of vintage synthesizer music is effectively transferred to the modern era.

New Release from Red Eye Express

Tempest Recordings artist Red Eye Express has just released a trippy album of chillout, downtempo and trance music with ethnic flavors interspersed throughout. Titled Reemixed, the album is available in multiple digital download formats and features a collection remixes by various artists (Zero Cult's amazing take on "Song for Alex" is a personal favorite!)

New Release from Tom Moore & Sherry Finzer

"Heart Dance Recordings is proud to announce the new release of multi-instrumentalist Tom Moore and award-winning New Age flutist Sherry Finzer – Let There Be Light. This album's music is an expression of a journey. It is about movement not only in our outer life, but equally on the inner plane. Light is the most omnipresent element in nature. The universe is made up of light, which then becomes vibrations and sound. The purpose of this album is to help bring “light” to the listener in as many forms as possible. Let There Be Light can be purchased on Amazon, Google Play and iTunes, and streamed on Spotify and Pandora." ~Heart Dance Recordings

Album Review of Prelude to a Dream by Shoshana Michel

Prelude to a Dream is the third solo piano album by Shoshana Michael and her second album as a composer. Her debut album, Soul Whispers, featured arrangements of Chabad nigunim, a collection of songs of Jewish Eastern European origin. Inspired by the overwhelming response to her second album, Dancing on the Wind, Shoshana continued composing original music. Within a few months, Prelude to a Dream was completed, an equally compelling recording comprised of 11 compositions spanning 51 minutes.

Album Review of Ardor by Matthew Mayer

Ardor is the 11th studio album from pianist-composer Matthew Mayer, and follow-up to his children’s album Art, which earned him a Parents Choice Award. A pioneering supporter of piano music, Matthew is the owner and founder of SoloPiano™, an internationally renowned website and online station that features over 300 piano artists from around the world. Comprised of 12 solo piano compositions spanning 43 minutes, Ardor is an exquisite album of both emotional reflection and expression, which gracefully unfolds among a soundscape of personal moods and scenic settings throughout.

New Release from Ascendant

Synpheria Records artist Ascendant has just released another fantastic ambient/psychill album called Particle Horizon; available on multiple digital download formats, as well as compact disc limited to 300 copies.

New Release from Carbon Based Lifeforms

The Swedish ambient/chill/downtempo duo Carbon Based Lifeforms have released an amazing new album called Derelicts; available in multiple digital download formats, as well as a 6-panel digipack on professionally glass-mastered CD!   

Playlists for November 2017

Playlists for November 2017

Album Review of Union: Music for Lovers by Michael Stribling

Union: Music for Lovers is a collection of works dating from 2006 to 2011 by electronic keyboardist Michael Stribling. Featuring eleven compositions spanning seventy-two minutes of soothing romantic bliss, the album is intended to create an environment of sacred intimacy and closeness with that special someone. While a lot of music of varying styles often gets tagged as “new age” (such as is the case with many contemporary instrumental or solo piano recordings), I would regard Michael’s music as epitomizing the truest essence of the new age musical genre, such as it relates to a specific brand of relaxing and instrumental synthesizer-based music that rose to its highest prominence in the 80’s and 90’s. Among some notable recording artists in the field to whom I’d compare Michael’s style are Llewellyn, Merlin’s Magic, Midori and Raphael.

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