The Moon Stays Bright
I have always been fascinated at the power of both the Moon and the Harp, and here on this brand new album by Trine Opsahl we have a combination of the two to bathe blissfully in. The Moon Stays Bright is a stunning new offering from the artist, and I do believe it is some of the most ambient and relaxing work she has created thus far.
The opening piece is the proud title track and it is indeed one of my personal favourites from the album. The Moon stays Bright is the perfect beginning of our Luna journey, imagine the softness of the Harp as the Moon rises high into the inky blackness of space, a perfect soundtrack from a moment of great beauty.
The best news of all is that here is an album that doesn’t shy away from the more long formed arrangements, and pieces like Moonscapes I gives us the perfect opportunity to simply drift on a vibration of tone that I personally found not only very relaxing, but quite healing as well, and at nine and a half minutes the longest track off the album, and yes, there is also a Moonscapes 2 and 3 later in the album.
The Moon Stays Bright has 13 pieces on offer and each and every one of them is an utter gem, like the ever soothing narrative of Return of the Light, a track that is played with such warmth and love it is almost palpable, or Do Not Simply Pass By Like A Dream (Duo), a wonderfully fluent duet with her daughter Josephine on Cello, this is a composition of great charm and quality, and for me also had a little Celtic muse within the weave of the music as well.
The Moon Stays Bright is one of those albums that would be easy to leave on repeat it is that good, it also brings so much calm and serenity and is a collection of great compositions that is concluded with the happy, loving and respectful final creation entitled Vigga's Song.
Trine Opsahl has manifested something wonderful into the world of instrumental music with the album The Moon Stays Bright, and I truly believe that it will remain a comfort and a musical panacea over many decades for those who embrace its musical genius, making this brand new release, one of the most beautiful and heartfelt albums of the year thus far with ease.