Songs from Ma
I have now listened to this album several times and I can say
this is one of the finest works of its kind I have heard since Mitten and Premal released Blown Away back
in the early part of this century. I have longed to find something that good
again, and now that lays before me in all its melodic glory.
Prem Vidu mixes spirituality with beautiful
new age vibes, and draws an utter winner at the albums conclusion. The starting
offering could easily be a single, the impassioned tones and imploring vocals
of the artist get us underway with a perfect opening offering entitled Holy Divine Mother.
The strings sections on this next offering are sublime, the
vocals and lyrical content are superior and offer much freedom. May I
Have the Strength is a song that will enrich your soul. It is also good to
hear an old friend of One World Music
Radio in Vito Gregoli on this
album and specifically this track as well; the ending words for me are the strength
we all seek……so just let go.
Up next is a vibrant, yet smooth arrangement entitled Cancel the Show, a song with poignant
words within the lyrical content, especially for this day and age. There was
something truly deep about this offering that will move you within; the
musicianship is of course spot on, yet another track that will continue to take
the listener on a musical journey of enlightenment.
At the mid-way juncture we come across a transcendent
offering entitled Oh Your Glory.
This anthem like opus starts with a gentle Sitar, which allows us to completely
float with the vocals of Prem Vidu.
There is much to explore within this piece on a musical level too, with lush
performances on bass by Gregoli, and pertinent percussion by the headline
artist, pay careful attention to the extremely sweet mixture of major and minor
chords in the latter half of this track, utterly sublime indeed, and this
midway arrangement sets us up beautifully for the final half of the album.
As we step with divine love into the second half of the
release, we come across a truly powerful offering entitled Mighty Presence. This one took me to another place entirely, as it
reminded me of the power and divinity of an old friend of mine in Russell Stone, of the band The Gathering. The build progression and
quite beautiful musicianship made this one of my personal favourites off the
As we drift on the ebb and flow of a musical tide, we come
across the calm waters of one of the most beautiful pieces of the album
entitled Floating. This composition
is a fine example of total symbiosis between pianist (Gregoli) and vocalist (Prem
Vidu). The passionate voice of the artist is bathed in such a beautiful
resonance, one that creates a song that combined with the piano, manifests
something quite special indeed.
The penultimate offering off the release is called Your Love Heals Me, this one really
raised the rhythm’s for me, the energy that this composition gave off was truly
inspiring, the chord changes again from minor to major created something
emotive, but the percussive explosion and the organ brought such an amazing
essence to the arrangement, a tip of the hat for the perfect slice of electric
guitar in this quality offering, just one of many clever nuances to be deeply
Time to arrive at the last portal of the album and you won’t
find a better way to leave than this next track entitled Everything That is Here. Infused with a little Jazz, a new age/pop
ethic and a world vibe, this song has literally everything within its
construction, but holds it beautifully and ends the album with sublime
creativity, in an uplifting energy.
Songs from Ma is a
wonderfully empowering album, Prem Vidu
brings us the only truth in the universe, music bathed in layers of
unconditional love, caressed by a tender spirituality. This is devotional music
at its very best; its upbeat and modern ethic brings us eager listeners, one of
the finest albums released this year with ease, and one that I am more than
happy to recommend. Nods of appreciation must also go to Girish (Tabla), Candice Calms (Viola), Gershone Hendelberg (organ &
clav) Max Ribner (flugelhorn & trumpet) and of course the
multi-talented David Vito Gregoli, all
who make up the band that is fronted by one of the most honest and talented
individuals around in this genre, Prem
Vidu, this is music to set you free, and a musical companion that will
never leave your side.