Dynamically original inspiring instrumental music Acoustic Ocean – Blue Moon Rising

Dynamically original inspiring instrumental music Acoustic Ocean

Dynamically original inspiring instrumental music Acoustic Ocean – BLUE MOON RISING:  I consider myself especially blessed and fortunate to receive music from players I have been reviewing for many moons now… in the case of this group, I first started reviewing their music way back in issue # 95, and have reviewed most of their work since then.

On this latest release, Bette Phelan plays acoustic guitar and bowed dulcimer, and is joined by cellist Kay Aldrich… Bette also plays fretless bass, electric guitar, Ebow,
Celtic whistle, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, wordless vocals, piano,
and more; as you listen to the marvelous “Deep Grace/Scarborough Fair“, you will (instantly) realize why I’ve been in love with music from Acoustic Ocean ever since that first album (way back in 2009)… the wordless vocals on this tune are simply beautiful.

I just loved the intro on the 4:31 “Spirit Awakening“, with the cello weave against Bette’s acoustic guitar… lots of other intricate sounds are layered most pleasantly into this piece as well, and (amazingly enough) the banjo is part of that – you’ll be surprised – I was!

Bette honors the memory of her musical partner, harpist Peggy Morgan (who passed away in 2016) on the inspirational “Love is a Force Field“… again, the vocals on this tune are just stunning… they will help renew your spirit, I can promise you that.  I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this touching song nominated for an award (and WIN it).

Of the eleven songs offered up for your aural enlightenment, it is (without doubt) the 6:08 closer, “All Things Made New“, that is my personal favorite… this composition gives the listener a very real sense of “moving on”, and the sound-weave is glorious.

I give Acoustic Ocean a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this most expressive album.  Get more information on Acoustic Ocean’s new website.           Rotcod Zzaj

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