Peace on Earth
Peace on Earth has to be the most meaningful title
to use in this chaotic and agonising 21st century, and perhaps this
album is the panacea that will cure all ills, certainly listening to it does
calm the mind and inspire the imagination; here we also have an album that
highlights the very best in the New Age music genre.
The multi-instrumentational delights you will find within
this album are something of a delight to behold, the flute of Hiroki Okano weaves its spell with each
and every composition played, and the best place to start is at the spring of
eternal happiness with Mother River,
a track so uplifting and beautifully layered, it is the musical equivalent of
having a really good hug, something that in this day and age is not that easy
The swirling synths and dream kissed flute leads us into the
arms of this next piece entitled Starry
Night, a deep but far ranging opus to enjoy, and boy is that easy to do.
Okano’s flute is majestic yet tender in its tone, and the performance here is
so soothing to bathe within.
Inherited Prayer stands out as a superior flute based
track, one that your very imagination takes flight with. For me personally I
was taken to a vast redwood forest, and the silhouette of the artist was
standing upon the huge branch of a tree playing live to nature itself, how
beautiful is it that music can inspire such wonderful imagery.
On our next piece the piano starts our voyage of plenty, and
then a wonderful symphonic gesture lightens our way in one of the most
beautiful pieces off the album called Fertile
Voyage. The symbiotic partnership of the flute and the orchestration was beyond
wonderful, and to be honest completely moved me. This is what I would call a
composition of great inspiration, from the hands of a heartfelt performance by
We arrive at the midway point and we come across a track I
heard on the radio only the other day entitled Nirvana Westerly. The natural sounds and the stream combine to give
us a truly warming flavour, and as if from the mists of the woodlands, Okano’s
flute breaks the silence of the day with a pristine performance and the
background synths hover with the intensity of an early summer’s morning, in a
composition that is as beautiful as a sunrise over the mountains.
Our title track is before us and my goodness this is one heck
of an emotionally charged arrangement, the keyboard organ styled sound base is
raised upwards with the energy of genius on the track Peace on Earth. The underpinned build here was so craft-fully
arranged and engineered it was sublime to listen to, a truly masterful title
track indeed, and one that does exactly what it says on the can!
The care and attention to detail that Hiroki Okano has given to the production of this album is off the
scale, listen to Dear One's Heart as
an example of that love for creation, one can hear the delicacy of bird sound
and a stream layered perfectly in the back, whilst the flutes of Okano seem to
dance with love within the multi- instrumentational and symphonic brilliance of
The sensitivity of Pure
Child, our next track, is something to respect and appreciate. The gentle
piano and flute combination is so charming and loving; one just has to smile
with happiness whilst listening to it. There is a well of emotion here that is
perfectly balanced within the positivity of the moment, and that resonates
quite craft-fully throughout this gentle piece.
Our penultimate arrangement is entitled Walk Here – Kokoperi, this wonderful track brought back some fine
memories for me of another artist that Hiroki knows in Nigel Shaw, and his album Dartmoor
Roundhouse. The solo flute here was equally effective at creating a
blissful moment of musical magic, one that like Nigel’s work, I shall remember
for a life time.
We arrive at the last destination on this quite breath taking
album, it is called White Moon. This
final reverie contains a thoughtful repose, one tinged with a little
reflection; it is if we are looking back over our shoulder at the journey taken,
and appreciating the experience by the glint of the silvery moon; another
wonderfully artistic offering and simply the best way to leave the album.
Peace on Earth by Hiroki Okano has to be one of the best albums to arrive on my desk
for reviewing this year, it has everything a new age album should have and far
more, it takes you on a journey through nature, and lays out a simple but
crystal clear message for us all to acknowledge, Peace On Earth needs to be the new normal now!