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Terra Incognito: The Space Between
By Richard Dillon
Label: Self Released
Released 2/14/2018
Terra Incognito: The Space Between tracks
1. Whalesong Redux
2. Green Flash Redux
3. The Space Between
4. Dust Devil
5. Ice Dancer Reux
6. Color Me
7. In Search of Chocolate
8. Leonardo's Flying Machine
9. Beside Still Waters Redux
10. Papillion Redux
11. Lead Kindly Night
12. It's All Right Redux
13. Cars
14. Voyager
15. Into the Mines
16. He Leadeth Me Beside Still Waters Redux
17. A Different Time A Different Place Redux
18. Light of Peace Redux
19. Goodbye for Now
20. Sea of Forgetfullness
21. Ha Long Bay
22. Missing You
23. January Moon Redux
24. I Could Care Less
Music-The Universal Healer
Before settling in and taking in Terra Incognito-The Space Between Us, I thought about the three albums I had the pleasure of covering last year. I got to know Richard through Ring Around The Moon, Irish Mist and The Land of Nod Lullabies for the Listless. There is a saying…familiarity breeds contempt, in this that could not be further from the truth. Having a comfort zone before I started made it even easier for me to get into my mindset for listening.

Although I do have that zone with Richard’s music, I certainly never know what to expect from him one album to the next. The only realistic expectation I have is that his music will be a great experience from start to finish.

Terra Incognito is unfamiliar territory, a new path or journey one is experiencing. A similar term, Terra Incognita, is in reference to territories that have not be mapped. To put it in layman’s terms, this is the unknown. Like Captain Kirk and his crew aboard the starship enterprise, we embark upon a journey with wonder and excitement, with no prior knowledge of what will come our way.

Terra Incognito-The Space Between Us is everything that I just discussed. Such diversity presented so well deserves a hearty salute and tip of the cap. Richard manages to record 24 tracks and some redux’s with an energy and grace that comes flowing through the music like a steady running stream.

The colors are changing all the time on this recording. From track to track you just do not know what is coming next. It is like having Christmas at your own private music shop and Richard is the sole proprietor. The reason this recording is so eclectic is that it takes past recordings and weaves them together to encompass orchestration and licensing going back to 1984 all the way to present day.

It is music for movies, documentaries, commercials, just about anything you can imagine. Instrumental music is much more flexible when it comes to using it for various media purposes. I really appreciated the ground covered musically and the titles range from “In Search of Chocolate” to “Leonardo’s Flying Machine.” There is no connection whatsoever with those two tracks but yet they find a home here in this collection.

Terra Incognito-The Space Between Us unites us as listeners and human beings even though it is unchartered territory, our similarities and the world around us is what makes us one planet and one people. It is like taking a “Light of Peace” to heal us and help us to grow in many ways. The universal healer and language of music once again can be the answer.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
April 5, 2018

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- reviewed by Keith MuzikMan Hannaleck on 4/5/2018
 
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