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New Age/Classical Review: Marc Enfroy-Crossroads

Release Date: July 26, 2016
Label: Dream Score Music
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Marc Enfroy’s latest release is Crossroads. As the title would specify this is about making your way through life’s doors and the choices they offer. A good artist takes emotional suffering and pain and turns it into something beautiful. That is exactly what Marc did on this recording. Through loss comes personal discovery and for this artist found solace and healing in his music. Personal and professional turmoil rocked his soul and now we have a musical version of that journey. With nearly 70 minutes of music on offer, the committed listener can sit back to listen then watch the script of life unfold. There is a balance of new age and contemporary classical with this presentation.

I believe everything happens for a reason and within the last few days I got news that put me at a Crossroads in life. This music came right at the perfect time for me to absorb, feel and process. This is something I do naturally however now I feel more connected because of my life circumstances.

The opening title track is an epic cinematic entrance into a beauty and the beast scenario. The beast is the challenges and difficulties of change and making the right decision. The end result is the essence of absolute beauty and emotion of the music. Marc’s piano leads the way and all the other elements that join in make it an incredible way to kick off an album. This is truly a cinematic soundtrack to one’s life and it is just the beginning.

It really helps to get some background as to what actually inspires an artist to paint a musical picture like Marc does on Crossroads. What I found so interesting was the fact that there are compelling instrumentals provided and he mixes it up with added vocals on a few tracks to make it a bit more diverse. “Your Silence is a Razor” featuring Aili Laine on vocals is a superb example. This one is a real burner. Silence can be more hurtful than words and in this case it is so sharp it cuts the recipient like a sharp razor. Aili’s voice is the perfect accompaniment to the fast moving and powerful instrumentation. It is definitely a different road to take musically and one trip you simply cannot forget.

“Fading White” is yet another incredibly emotional track. Featuring Lila Ives, who is a prolific vocalist as well, makes the music more meaningful and authoritative. It is similar to the other vocally enhanced track, it moves you in such a way that you can relate to the emotionally charged vocal style and perfectly matched music.

“Dying In Degrees” sounds dark and very serious however that is not what you hear. The changing emotions of the song get that across but in more of an upbeat quirky way in comparison to the previous music that you hear. The title certainly grabs you as some of the others do and it’s very straightforward with the message. It starts of like a suspenseful movie and then gathers some steam and starts moving quicker. The music calls out to you and you fall right into it creating your own cinema and dramatics for that silver screen that lives in the mind. We all have a constant flow of images and thoughts going through our brains in waking hours but music like this stops the train and puts everything on a different track. That is the power and magnetic quality of music, which is what you will hear on Crossroads from beginning to end.

Crossroads is a master stroke of musical genius and emotional representation. If you would like to hear something that pulls you away from everyday life, excites and relaxes all at the same time then this is the only road to take.

5/5 Stars

Key Tracks: Crossroads, Your Silence is a Razor, Dying In Degrees

Tracks:
01. Crossroads
02. Toxic
03. Your Silence is a Razor (vocals feat. Aili Laine)
04. Sepia
05. Betrayed
06. Fading White (vocals feat. Lila Ives)
07. Dying in Degrees
08. Shattered
09. Shed my Skin (vocals feat. Lila Ives)
10. Moonlight Obsession
11. Fading White Reprise
12. Wildfire Rising
13. In that Moment
14. Unbounded
BONUS TRACKS
15. Shed my Skin Instrumental Version
16. Your Silence is a Razor Instrumental Version

 
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 13, 2016

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