Art Tawanghar is a composer, musician and multi-genre producer, who combines electronic production, live instrumentation and a variety of Western and Eastern cultural influences. In 2016 be released Soul of the Earth and more recently released Buddha Lounge 3 Chill New Age California.
The album starts off with “Into the Unknown (Live Piano Improvisations in 432Hz).” It’s exactly as the title implies. The song consists of just piano. There are a number of things to note however. The recording is beautiful and felt thematic, contemplative and melancholy. It reminded me of the feeling I get when I listen to a composer like Max Richter. The song does pick up energy however and goes from contemplative to feeling more alive as if you found the answer to what you were thinking about.
Up next is “Divine Chemistry” which again starts off with piano but this time around more elements come in quickly. The winds of Persia and other eastern elements start to appear. The song is serene and tranquil until the beat really picks up and you start to understand why the album includes the words “Chill New Age.”
“Love is the End” is a deep ambient track that made me feel like I was listening to a Hollywood movie score. It’s very thematic. “Ocean in a Drop” is simultaneously atmospheric and lively. I was relaxed but also there is enough percussive elements where you can move to it.
“Conscious Dream” really starts to gain energy. The sitar in the song had my attention but there is so much going on besides that. The very Eastern sounding “Crystalline Grid” utilizes a lot of percussive elements and actually feels quite playful in a number of ways.
The album ends with “Storyteller” which made me feel like I was going to mediate in a cave at first. The song becomes quite lively and joyful as it progresses. I thought the piano was a nice touch amongst the Eastern instrumentation. This album is beautifully produced. There are so many things happening in these songs and I could hear all of it. This is definitely music that benefits from a nice pair of headphones.
I really enjoyed the way this album combines Western and Eastern Influences. It never felt contrived and made me think why more musicians in the past have not tried to combine these two styles.
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