NOVA: An Acoustic
Juliet Lyons & John
This has to be one of the most interesting and fascinating
albums, especially a collaborative one, that I have heard for quite some time,
so let’s take two artists in Juliet
Lyons & John McLean Allan, remove the instrumentations their best known
for, vocals and Bagpipes, and then let the muse run free, the result a
wonderfully crafted and smoothly created album that anyone can enjoy.
On the borderlands of instrumental music, there lays a land
where talented artists go to manifest unique and new music, and from this
musical realm of calm comes NOVA: An
Acoustic Journey, the opening piece is a fine place to start, and a masterful
piece of build, construction and progression; John McLean Allan on a crisp and melodic guitar and Juliet Lyons talents on piano and
synths can be found, right here on Luminous
Chaco has a mysterious ethereal feel to
its arrangement; one that drifts through the woodlands of creative tone on a
late autumn day, the guitar of McLean Allan manifests warmth in performance here,
which in partnership with Lyons on both flute and piano, brings us something so
moving and at times quite emotive.
On Stones and Circles I drifted back to my days of roaming
the English countryside, coming across many standing stones and circles in places
I never knew existed. This though is a wonderfully light and thoughtful
composition, one that has a progressive energy built within its complexities; a
talented performance on both keyboards and acoustic guitar can be found here.
How interesting, I have just completed several reviews where
the subject matter of Northern Lights
has been in vogue, perhaps a hint for me to see them one day? However, this is
one of my personal favourite pieces off the album, I would class this as good
old New Age music, it comes right back from the early years of the genre,
reminding me of artists like Phil
Thornton. This piece is so beautifully arranged and performed, what is
there not to love about it.
Vedana is our penultimate offering and
probably one of the most uplifting tracks off the album, there is a real energy
here of a feeling so strong, a sense so appealing, that one is in total harmony
with not only the music, but perhaps even life itself, a wonderfully powerful,
and fluent presentation by the artists here.
The concluding track to the album is called Emergence and the delicacy of Lyons on
Piano is simply idyllic, and John McLean
Allan on acoustic guitar took me right back to the days of Tony Iommi on the track Fluff. This was a splendid way to end
what has been a total charming album indeed, and most certainly one I will be
spinning again, as I hope you will too.
NOVA: An Acoustic Journey by Juliet Lyons & John McLean Allan is exactly what it says on the can, an acoustic voyage, and once aboard this craft of tone and timbre, you never wish to disembark. This is one of the most listenable albums I have come across for months, it has a gentle and calming sense to it, that manifests a blissful sense of wellbeing, and that is exactly what we all need right now.