Ron Verboom – “Nothing more nothing less”
-I’m not much for experimental elements in neoclassical music, so for me to approve it there must be something truly remarkable about it. When I first heard the atmospheric elements of Verboom’s latest track, I felt like I’d been taken to a different place. The composition has staccato high notes that offer a dreamlike sense to them. Combined with the hypnotic lower chords, the piece feels like it was intended to create space for the mind to wander. This is worth your consideration.
Thomas Lemkuhler – “Virus”
-We’ve been adamant about avoiding music explicitly about *gestures at the world* things these days. That said, with this title, I almost said no thanks to the piece. I am so glad I listened to the power in these melodies. It’s a really beautiful piece of music that begins slow, thoughtful, and cerebral. It grows into a powerful piece with a persuasive, visceral sense of hope to it. As it returns to the familiar refrain of the opening, I can’t help but see a sort of allegory that some day life will return to a familiar tune. This soothes my soul.
Teesa D’agostino – “Waltz of Cecilia”
-I am sure there are some technical terms for what’s going on in this piece of music, but here’s what it sounds like to me. It’s heavenly. I adore the musicbox sentiment throughout the music. I am just blown away by how talented this composer is. There are elements of classical music, sure, but there’s this fresh originality to the composition that absolutely flies around the room out of the headphones. I don’t know how the opening can bring me close to the tears and the ending can put such a big smile on my face. Put this one on your neoclassical lists for sure.
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