Arpeggio, if you please!
Reviewed by RJ Lannan on 2/25/2006 for the Sounding Board, New Age Reporter.com
If ever there is an album that represents change, well, here's the one. There
are changes in the seasons and there are changes in our lives. This is the
latter for this artist. Louis Landon surprises and utterly entertains on his
debut album unwind . Here are twelve solo piano pieces that border on New Age/
Adult Contemporary instrumentals that are pensive and perfect for staring out
the window on snowy winter days or breezy summer afternoons.
Unwind is a journey of transmutation for Louis as he plays hide and seek with
life. Like the phases of the moon, he grows and wanes, shines and fades as his
music develops and matures. Take for instance...
Slow, sweet and melancholy the opening tune My Brooke is a warm tribute to a
loved one. This is a touching melody that had me humming along after the first
two bars. At first I wondered who Brooke was, but without thinking I know why
Louis loves her so. Brooke is his life and the music just makes it more obvious.
Freefalling , a thought provoking tune, is the background score for a dandelion
seed floating on sun-warmed eddies. It is an extremely light tune that produces
for the listener the musical notion of spiritual weightlessness. It is a real
pick-me-up and quickly became one of my favorites on the album.
The song, Sea of Darkness is another of my favorites. The tune is memorable as
it represents a miasma of uncertainty for the artist. Ultimately, the search for
clarity is fruitful and the personal sin of self-doubt is left to linger on its
Majestic Sunrise is the raison d'etre for the album. From my view I can see the
wispy white clouds wafting up from between the valleys just this side of English
Mountain. The stars close their eyes as the sun paints colorful illuminations of
pink and gold on the mountain side. This is the day wakes up for breakfast
music. Majestic Sunrise is the perfect complement for this daily miracle.
The last title Childhood's End reminded me of an old Arthur C. Clarke story of
the same name. The main theme is about-you guessed it, changes. As a father, the
one thing I have learned and Landon emotes about is that there is a time when
everything and everyone we hold dear changes. This is especially true of our
children and our families. Hopefully, you're patient enough and you live long
enough to realize that what you had turns out to be so much better. This one it
is by far the best cut on the album and deserves a lot of replay.
Louis Landon has some powerful and poignant music here. His style is quite
gentle and his compositions are emotion-filled vignettes of how life is and how
it should be. There is music for romance, daydreams and yes, changes.
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