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Instrumental New Age Review: Lynn Trudeau-Shifting Sands

Release Date: May 19, 2017
Label: Independent

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Shifting Sands is Lynn Trudeau’s 4th proper release. 

Instrumental New Age and Contemporary Instrumental has been intersecting for quite some time now. In fact, it is getting hard to tell where the differences are at times. One of the clear differences from my musical listening experiences is a clear cut classical influence. 

Although you will hear Shifting Sands, or ever-changing tempos if you will, in this music, there is a clearly defined line drawn. That invisible line is the one that new age and classical cross over and then merge into one. 

Lynn Trudeau’s music does exactly that. The challenge is to tell a story in each song with one solitary instrument. How that is exactly accomplished is beyond my comprehension. I can say unmistakably that she is able to get the job done on the 11 tracks presented here.

The other factor that is a key is how to keep a listener’s attention with the simplicity of one instrument. For my pleasure, this is what I find attractive about a recording such as this. I do enjoy a wide array of music that features one instrument accentuated by many others as well but I do like to switch things up. I am here to tell you that this music and presentation is perfect just the way it is.

Shifting Sands is an album that remains true the artist and her intent. Without traveling off course, she tells her story through her fingers and it is translated by the ivory keys most beautifully.  This is music to contemplate with, relax or meditate…basically at any time of the day or night it can be enjoyed. It serves many purposes but mainly it is a healing listening experience that must be experienced to be fully appreciated.

4/5 Stars

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
August 25, 2017
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Tracks: 
01.Lost in Familiar Surroundings
02.Shifting Sands
03. Warm Embrace
04.Dance of the Unknown
05.Looking to Lowman
06.Travel Me Home
07.Life at Four
08.To Breathe at Last
09.The Last Mile
10.Oasis
11.Whispers of Hope

 

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