Paul Avgerinos – Bliss – Round Sky Music RSM1014, 75:31 *****:
(Paul plays bass violin, 12-string guitar, keyboards, electronics; Carrie Grossman, “angelic diva”)
I once reviewed mostly New Age cassettes for an audio publication but haven’t been listening to New Age material in the few last decades. However, I found this CD to be a throwback to the wonderful trippy music of the Hearts of Space-type genre. No hip-hop-influenced beats coming in here as in most so-called ambient music today. Just a lot of flowing, constantly metamorphosing musical lines sort of like clouds of sound. And they have satisfying harmonic sense and development to them—not terribly obvious little keyboard ramblings as on many popular New Age albums. The vocalese contributions fit into the instrumentals beautifully and are not the least bit annoying.
The sonics are also to be commended; they decode beautifully with ProLogic II or DTS Neo surround. Would be a terrific album for massage use. You might expect this to come from some New Age hotbed such as San Francisco, Sedona or Santa Fe, but it’s from Connecticut! Plus a nice long program too.
TrackList: Bliss Is, Contentment, Fertile Soil of Peace, Flowering of Grace, Lightness of Being, The Clear Light, Gate of Heaven, Spirit’s Breath, Waters of Life, Stillness
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