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Two Hearts by David Wahler
- posted by RJ Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews on 12/10/2019
Two Hearts
David Wahler
Two Hearts

When two hearts meet, it is the beginning of a new day. When two hearts part, it is the end of the world. Keyboardist David Wahler captures both experiences and everything in between on his latest album, Two Hearts. David’s eleven-track undertaking is full of emotionally light, ambient songs of love discovered and love lost with an ear to ardor and much warmth.
Wahler opens with a hopeful song titled Always and that is just what we want and expect from love. We want fairytale love that lives happily ever after. It is fate or fortune that makes it so. There are moderate rhythms on this album, but there is an emotional subtlety to the music as provided by this first tune.
Just imagine walking hand in hand across the Pont d’Avignon as the rain falls over the City of Light. The streetlights glimmer in the distance and it does not matter if you get wet down to the soul. The love you have is an impenetrable shield of thoughts and feelings. The tune Paris Rain is a soundscape for that experience. If you listen closely, you can just about hear two heartbeats synchronized by an invisible force that cannot be denied.
Love Lost has a silent sadness to it and of course, love lost is a heartbreaking event. Wahler’s melody has little sonic will o’ the wisps, glistening notes, and a sorrowful refrain. It possesses an ethereal tone in its grief as if heaven is weeping as much as the heart that is breaking. One of the best on the album for me.
You and Me is a slow moving waltz around a very big room, perhaps as big as the planet. This music is so sublime I could almost imagine the stars spinning in the universe trying to catch up. The music is almost bell like and echoingly soft. The guitar resonates with a gentle tug at the heartstrings as two lovers, oblivious to the world around them, dance like there is no tomorrow.
The title track Two Hearts is an emotionally rich piano arrangement in two-heart harmony. Again, Wahler, whether intentional or not, offers up a pas de deux of agonizing beauty. There are soft voices, elegant piano notes, and a warm rhythm that combines for the best of the best on the recording. This truly is a lover’s theme.
Is there doubt? Is there betrayal? There is an air of mystery to the music. Are there dark alleys and late night rendezvous? Dynamic guitar and cooing voices combine on the tune Confession. There is a hint of trepidation in this song. All you can do is pray for forgiveness.
Then She Went to Sleep is the grand finale. This piano tune is another weightless musical spiral of David’s talent as a composer. The music drifts along tranquilly, as if the sleeping world is now made out of stardust and pale, distant light. You hope that the dreams are about you.
David Wahler knew that music would be his vocation at an early age. What’s different about most of David’s music is the underlying, yet unmistakable spirituality that springs forth whenever he touches the piano keys. Wahler isn’t what I would label prolific in the number of releases he has made, but every single one of them has been notable for their innate beauty and polished refinements. Two Hearts, his latest offering, is definitive. – R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews

Rating: Excellent
Dead Air by Marconi Union
- posted by Gena on 12/3/2019


UK-based Marconi Union is considered one of the top electronic and ambient groups in the world based on sales, acclaim and online viewing/listening. They have more than 200-million streams and over a million track-sales (which is rare for an ambient act). Now they are back with their tenth studio album, DEAD AIR, a return to more traditional ambient after the more experimental GHOST STATIONS three years ago (which won the prestigious Zone Music Reporter Award for Best Electronic Album). DEAD AIR is full of the floating, sinuous and subtle pulsations of synthesizers. But this is sometimes broken up with a resonating bass-line here or piano notes and chords there, plus the sound of breathing and processed human vocal sounds. Their hats occasionally tip to ambient pioneering legend Brian Eno. This is world-class ambient music.
Rating: Excellent
Bach Side of the Moon (Baroque Adagios Reimagined) by Piers Adams & Larry Lush
- posted by Lillian on 12/3/2019
You should definitely check out the instrumental, chill-out, classical-crossover, new age-lounge album called BACH SIDE OF THE MOON by Piers Adams & Larry Lush. Adams is known as one of the top recorder players in the world, especially in classical music with his innovative group Red Priest, while keyboardist Lush made his name in the electronic music and remix scene (Mixmaster Morris, Coldcut and Faithless). Now Adams & Lush have created a fascinating recording that takes 18th Century classics by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Gluck, Albinoni, Sammartini and Purcell, and re-invents them as music for recorders (sounding like wood flutes) and synthesizers. This is a strong collaboration melding old and new sounds. It is excellent music for relaxation, stress-reduction and meditation, but it has enough interesting melodic movement to keep the mind tuned in.

Rating: Excellent
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