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ATLYS Release Their Captivating Neo-Classical Score “Chandelier”

The celestially orchestrated intro to ATLYS’ debut single “Chandelier” prepares you for an empyreal, refined soundscape, so when it progresses into something that you’d hear from Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho score, it’s safe to say you’re captivated from there on out.

While there are many neo-classical artists redefining the genre, the layers of texture contained within the progressive orchestration go beyond your average offering. The cutting edges of the strings lace Chandelier with an ominous tonality while the gentle swells in between lull you into a false sense of catharsis. The instrumental score fluctuates between soft to striking, treating you to a visceral offering of contemporary aural alchemy which you aren’t likely to forget in a hurry.

You can check out ATLYS’ latest single for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now. Make sure to give them a follow as their album is due to be released on April 5th.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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John Hayes Makes His Neo-Classical Debut with Standout Single “marin”

Minnesota-based Neo Classical Multi-instrumentalist and producer John Hayes made his debut with his album “By the Woods” which was released on December 14th, 2018. And for any fans of Nils Frahm and Phillip Glass, you’re in for a mesmeric aural treat. Yet, you can expect more from the exceptionally arresting soundscapes than a mere assimilation of their sounds, or maybe that should be less. The minimalism of the sound subdues you deeper than most contemporary classical works. There’s a euphonic concordance to the sound which almost allows tracks such as “marin” to resonate as a cinematic dreamscape rather than a soundscape.

For a drop in blood pressure at the same time as drinking in aural alchemy check out John Hayes’ single marin for yourselves by heading over to Bandcamp where you can stream and download the track.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur’s Neo Classical-Fused with Electronica Debut Drops with “A Song About Loss”

“A Song About Loss” may seem like the title for a melancholically mused composition. But what Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur created with his latest release was a work of uplifting inspirational neo classical music which really tests the limits of the genre.

I can’t say I was all too prepared for the atmospheric soundscape to progress from the arrestive light piano arrangement into one which incorporated electronica.

The seamless switch in the texture of the sound immerses you into a cinematic sound where orchestral acoustic meets minimalist electro; amplifying the energy of the already striking single before fading out once more.

Nils Frahm may have got pretty experimental with his sound over the last few years, but it has to be said that Aleandro Spiteri Monsigneur is taking the genre to the next level.

You can check out A Song About Loss for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Jorge Segovia – Palantir: Just How Enthralling Can Disrupted Melodies in a Neo-Classical Piano Arrangement Be?

Fans of melodic piano music from all around the world haven’t failed to notice the appeal of Spanish pianist, composer and arranger Jorge Segovia.  After spending his entire life dedicated to homing in on his craft it’s safe to say that those years definitely weren’t misspent. Whilst we have come to know and love the sounds of Nils Frahm and Phillip Glass over recent years, it’s clear that Jorge Segovia has his own uniquely enthralling approach to his latest album “Plantir 1”. The disrupted patterns and misplaced notes don’t quite exhibit the same immersive qualities of similar artists. Instead, the unique arrangement of the notes provides something else entirely. They never allow you to get comfortable with the sound, each note grips you as you have no idea where the next will take you. The title track from the album Plantir is one of the longest compositions which features on the colossal 40-track album which will give you the best impression of his sporadically ethereal composing style.

You can check out the album, or if you’re short on time, just check out the title track Palantir for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Cinthya Garcia – Raindrop: Ethereally Concordant Minimalist Neo-Classical

Fans of Nils Frahm, Philip D Zach, and Philip Glass are sure to appreciate the elegantly expressive composition “Raindrop” recently released by Spanish-born Miami, US-based pianist and composer Cinthya Garcia.

I’ve left it as no secret that I’m prone to getting a little teary when faced with a poignantly poised piano melody. It only took a few tentatively paced notes from the piano in the progression before the evocative weight of Raindrop hit me. There’s plenty of use of spatial effect to build the momentum, whilst the rhythm keeps to a steady and seamless progression.

Many pianists may try to orchestrate an evocative sound, yet, it’s clear that in the soundscape of Raindrop, the piano is just an extension of a deftly talented pianist. With the knowledge she has of the instrument combined with her musical vision, Cinthya communicates through melody with no use for words.

You can check out Cinthya Garcia’s latest minimalist neo-classical composition Raindrops via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Andreas Oxholm – Big City Life: Progressive Bass-Driven Neo Classical

“Big City Life” is just one of the stunning compositions from Andreas Oxholm’s latest EP “The New York Experience”.

The track starts off with a neo-classical piano melody before progressing into an arresting bass-driven instrumental soundscape. The intricate pulling of the strings infuses a bluesy rhythm into the single as it builds in complexity and momentum. The final result of the seamless amalgamation of two seemingly contrasting genres resulted in resulting in one of the best basslines I’ve probably ever heard. There really is no encapsulating the celestial effect of the neo-classical progressive single in words.

It’s clear to see that Andreas Oxholm has both talent and pioneering vision as an artist. I have no doubt that his prodigal nature won’t get to stay under the radar for too long.

You can listen to Big City Life for yourselves by heading over to Spotify now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Edward Abela – Ambient Echo: Emotively-Charged Ambient Neo-Classical

Edward Abela’s latest single Ambient Echo does exactly what it says on the tin. Yet, beyond the creeping ambience of the track are also the perfect structures of melody which guide you through the immersive mix. The instrumental only beat carries weaves of subtle drops which gently crash with the lucid momentum of the single. There’s little need for lyrics in the neo-classical telling of Ambient Echo, unadulterated emotion pierces through the harmony which has been so deftly constructed by the tentative keying of the synth.

The London-based musician, composer, orchestrator, and all-round aural alchemist is by no means new to the production game with his vast amounts of experience in composing for TV and Indie films. It’s safe to say that through that experience he has matured and mastered his ability to create emotively-charged soundscapes.

You can check out Edward Abela’s latest single Ambient Echo for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud when the stunning composition see’s it’s official release. In the meantime, check out some of his earlier concordantly cathartic digital singles.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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SANZ 1987 – Shoreline: Contemplatively Minimalistic Neo-Classical

There are very few pianists who can boast the same tentatively deft command over piano melodies as SANZ 1987; whilst that may seem like overwhelmingly high praise, his latest single Shoreline is more than enough evidence to back up my claim.

SANZ 1987’s use of spatial awareness to create the perfect amount of harmony and resonance adds to the tantalising aura that swells around the emerging artist’s neo-classical composition. With a soundscape that could be compared to the likes of Nils Frahm, Phillip Glass and Philip D Zach the UK based pianist’s passion for music bleeds through as pure aural alchemy. With his latest composition Shoreline SANZ draws on elements of minimalism and ambience to orchestrate one of the purest orchestrations of unadulterated catharsis.

You can check out SANZ 1987’s single Shoreline from his self-titled 3-track EP on Spotify now; as debut releases go, I’m sure we can all be in agreement that they don’t get much more stunning than this.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Juracán – Ardillas: Piercingly Concordant Neo Classical

Juracán’s (AKA Pierre Carbuccia) single ‘Ardillas’ off his latest 4-track EP gets off to a little bit of a shaky start, yet once the piano chord progressions have settled and the rhythmic concordance has taken a hold, you’re already too far into the waves of catharsis which the resonance over the track bleeds. When you reach the midway point of this track, the power of the melody really strikes a chord as the track moves through it’s fluid progression into a melancholy steeped composition. I’m not even ashamed to admit I shed a tear before the solo piano piece concluded.

Just where has Juracán been hiding that talent? Believe it or not, Juracán is a self-taught pianist, which is just one instrument he lends his deft hands to, since moving from the Dominican Republic to Portland he’s produced this breath-taking piece in 2015. I think I might have to beg for a 2018 release.

You can get lost in Juracán’s soundscapes yourself by heading over to Spotify and listening to the Neo-Classical debut which is Lon Brei.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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Pascal Lengagne’s Offering of Stylishly Cinematic Neo Classical

Within the first few notes of the French Neo Classical Composer Pascal Lengange’s track Quietude my heart strings were already aware of the pensive piano keying. The evocative chord progressions poured through me in the instrumental only track which required no vocal offering to aid the instant resonant catharsis. To put it lightly; there is definitely no multi-tasking to be done when you’re drinking in Pascal’s poignantly compelling melodies which I could have honestly sat and listened to all day. The contortions of the violin and piano dance around one another to provide perfectly concordant aural alchemy slick with cinematic styling in one of the most compelling Neo Classical compositions I’ve heard to date.

If you’re a fan of Nils Frahm, Phillip Glass and Phillip D Zach you’re going to adore Pascal Lengagne’s tentative approach to orchestrating pensively ethereal sound.

You can check out Pascal Lengagne’s neo classical masterpiece Quietude for yourselves on SoundCloud along with the rest of his stunning compositions.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

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