Дата: Воскресенье, 08.11.2015, 16:17 | Сообщение # 3
Steve Orchard - Tidal (2014)
Here we get twelve beautifully constructed tracks of memorable themes. It is a smooth, drifting album of serene, meditative music. The emphasis on Tidal is on ‘mood’ and a feel generated by the interlinking sounds of the ocean, drifting synths, pads and the evocative string arrangements. So, when the themes appear, whether it be on piano, deep acoustic guitar or flute solo, there is a fusion of melodic and spiritual, ethereal sound. Tidal is an accessible Steve Orchard album and will certainly please his existing fans, and could well broaden his fan base in the wider electronic music genre.
1. Seagull’s Cry (5:15) 2. Cutting Water (5:04) 3. Bethel (6:58) 4. Castaway (4:43) 5. The Last Mermaid (4:35) 6. Lull In The Storm (4:46) 7. Beachcombers Lullaby (5:33) 8. Mackerel Skies (4:39) 9. Chapel In The Dunes (5:16) 10. Deepest Blue (4:38) 11. Beacons (5:38) 12. Tidal (6:12)
...This is multi-textured and symphonic instrumental music that is certain to have cross genre appeal - from acoustic rock to Mike Oldfield to Vangelis to New Age - 'Undersail' is a beautiful gem that ebbs and flows with tides of emotion and a depth of beauty and imagination that will amaze and delight and it is, without question, the best music of Steve's illustrious musical career.
1. In Titanic's Wake - 5:32 2. Ghost Ships - 5:51 3. Strange Cargo - 6:27 4. God Speed - 6:39 5. Midnight Ocean - 3:21 6. Starboard Out - 5:28 7. For Those Lost at Sea - 3:44 8. Dead Calm - 6:48 9. Navigating by the Stars - 5:23 10. Sleeping in Steerage - 5:03 11. Full Astern - 4:31 12. Port Home - 5:26
A slight change of direction and feel for Steve with ‘Peripheral Vision’, one with an Alien presence! It’s most definitely NOT a dark atmospheric X-files style outing, but more of an interesting, melodic sonic journey building on the artists usual melodic style, but this time round, with a more rhythmic and synth based ‘alien’ twist.
There are a lot more synths and rhythms on offer here than is usual for Steve, very little guitar, and some nice keys and symphonic passages. It’s all done with the usual melodic ‘Steve Orchard’ flair and panache and fans are sure to enjoy it.
Steve Orchard says: “After seeing so many comments on the internet referring to World Governments keeping truths from the public & the ever growing videos on youtube (a lot thanks to photoshop!) but still a multitude of unexplained sightings witnessed by many, ‘Peripheral Vision’ is a look outside of the box. Keep an open mind. Don’t necessarily accept the medias dumbing down of the numerous sightings all over the world. ‘Peripheral Vision’ is an insight to what might be ahead.”
1. Mind Trains - 5:56 2. Year of the Grey - 5:19 3. Paradigm - 4:40 4. That Was No Shooting Star - 5:03 5. Optical Delusion - 4:48 6. Area 51 - 5:48 7. The District - 4:19 8. Horsell Common - 4:57 9. Christmas on Mars - 5:16 10. Kaleidoscope - 5:08 11. Crystal Spires - 4:21 12. Peripheral Vision - 6:07
Дата: Воскресенье, 22.10.2017, 21:56 | Сообщение # 6
Steve Orchard - Theory Of Communion (2017)
'Theory of Communion’ is another electronic music offering from Steve Orchard that follows nicely in the same theme as his last album ‘Peripheral Vision’. But on ‘Theory of Communion’, Steve has taken a huge step forward in terms of musical composition and production. Indeed, it may be considered his best album to date!
As well as some excellent synth and vocal/choir textures, Steve adds dense rhythm and bass layers to some very complex arrangements that occasionally hint at Yes, Vangelis and Mike Oldfield while retaining Steve’s inimitable, melodic style. He has also seamlessly integrated his acoustic instruments into the music and the result is a superb and captivating blend of electronic and instrumental prog rock.
‘Theory of Communion’ is a hugely satisfying listen. From gentle drifting tracks like ‘Blended’ and ‘Communion’ to the catchy (reach for the replay button!) ‘Blind Panic’ and the excellent musicianship featured on ‘Exchanges’, Steve has created a superb opus here, deserving of wider attention.