Stephanie Sante is no newcomer to music. With nine albums under her belt the latest being Luminescence she is artist who toured for ten years before beginning her solo career. Her music is eclectic, ranging from jazz, to what you might call easy listening, to electronic, to what you might imagine someone playing in a cafe sometime in the future where the Starbucks barista is a robot. No matter what style you call her music it’s unequivocally serene, tranquil and calming.
This isn’t high energy music that will get you amped. In fact this might be good music to listen to while getting ready to hit the sack. Some of the songs feel more apt to for a lounge that wants to transmit a chill, slightly utopian, dreamy atmosphere.
She gets going with one of the more high energy songs entitled “Hawthorne Buzz.” Sante mixes up cutting arpeggiated synths with warm, luminous pads that are supported by glitch style percussive and a walking bass line. Vocal samples emerge here and there but in no way would constitute a lead vocal.
“Alberta Breeze” is an aptly named song. The song feels so light and yes breezy from the long reverb tails to the ethereal vocals. The sax in the song even sounds like it’s in the wind. “Coastal Nights” is easy listening style jazz while “Your Warmth” almost floats away if it weren’t for the percussive elements in the song.
There really isn’t too much deviation as the album progresses. I say that in a good way. She continues to soothe you with cohesive tracks that blend into each other but also have their own flavor. Take “Seaside Strut” which has elements of trip-hop or “Rainbow Waterfall” which is another song that has a title that appropriately describes the music. “Columbia Softs” veers towards free jazz and “Platonic Shift” may have the most experimental sounds on the album.
Sante has her own style and it doesn’t take too long to realize that. Luminescence works very well as an album with a seamless ebb and flow. You can press play and don't need to worry about skipping tracks.
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