Voyage - Review
This project was just recently started in 2015 as a side-project of Longing for Orpheus
from Derek Smootz.
Featuring the beautiful soprano of Michelle Hache along with other guests, the music fuses classic opera with modern electronic ambient and chillout music for a nice old world meets new millenium on this album. Maybe not quite as avantgarde with the gothic undertones as Helium Vola
, yet still presented in much the same fashion as these other artists. The album is presented with eleven of these unique tracks for a nice complete package of beautiful music.
The album starts of much as you might expect from classic opera with the soft and sweet beautiful soprano vocals. Yet as the music picks up you start to get a taste of this nice mixture of styles. While the overall style stays somewhat along the New Age genre, we're presented with some haunting pieces that fans of the ethereal goth music will enjoy. While the entire album is great, these quickly stood out as favorites on the album with the first appearing in the form of "Dido's Lament" with a darker atmosphere portrayed not only through the haunting vocals but also with the somber, layered electronic soundscapes. Also, maybe because of it's familiarity from QNTAL
's rendition as "Remember Me". "Pur ti Miro" is a bit brighter with the lilting rhythm and soft textures punctuated with purculating synths and completed with the melodic angelic vocals. "Addio del Passato" is another piece that is captivating in it's varied sonic textures with a heavier mix of bass and more prominent percussion. While not presented as pounding electro-pop and still remaining well within the new age soundscapes, this mixture is a little more inviting to the ethereal dream-pop fans.
As the album drifts along through the waves of electronica and new age soundscapes, we're presented with a stunning beauty in the form of "Flow My Tears". The ambient elements are layered thick on this piece, providing a soft and flowing backdrop to the soft siren-like vocals that lure and lull the listener into the artist's inviting dreamy world. We're presented with a number great classic pieces that I'm sure many listeners will recognize while presented in a new and mesmerizing fashion. "Flower Duet" is one well recognized and well done, still easily recognizable but presented with soft and subtle modern electronic music. "Evening Prayer" brings the album to a close with more soft ambient beauty allowing the listener to slowly drift off after being held captive by the entrancing vocals and layers of dreamy electronic atmospheres.
In summary, this is a great album that fans of classical opera should enjoy along with those that enjoy everything from new age, ambient and ethereal dream-pop. We've been happy with the gems that we've been able to present on our radio shows and listen and enjoy whenever and wherever the notion to sit back and enjoy the soft and flowing music presents itself.