Label: Narada - 72438-11627-2-9 • Format: 2x, CD Compilation, Remastered • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: New Age
David Arkenstone's career has been a long and unusual one. On one hand, he makes new age music that takes influence from composers like John Williams, Brian Eno, and Tangerine Dream. On the other hand, most of his songs are highly based in fantasy and science fiction, taking their inspiration from the works of Mercedes Lackey and J. It is this bizarre mishmash of influences that produces some of the most recognized and respected instrumentals of the '80s and '90s. The album is programmed quite nicely, taking the listener on a sonic journey through Arkenstone's career by attempting to capture certain moods and styles from song to song.
The transitions are flawless, leaving the listener without any tracks to skip through or slow moments. Arkenstone's compositions are quite beautiful, moving slowly with lush keyboards, ringing guitar, sparse percussion, and the occasional lone female vocal haunting the background.
While most composers of this kind tend to overindulge or make music so ambient that it loses the listener, Arkenstone makes music that is subtly engaging. The strong melodies and gorgeous flourishes are hidden right below the surface, so it is easy to both actively listen to his Heartfire - David Arkenstone - Visionary and zone out to it. Either way, this collection is a beautiful representation of a career that has lasted for years based on strong, influential new age music.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic.
Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date January 29, Introspection Relaxation. Track Listing - Disc 1. David Arkenstone.
The Magic Forest. Night Wind. City in the Clouds. The Great Wall. Under the Canopy. A Thousand Small Gold Bells. Dark Dunes. The North Wind. Ride into Midnight. Track Listing - Disc 2. The Journey Begins. Chosen Voices.
Ancient Legend. Trail of Tears. Voices of the Anasazi. Another Star in the Sky. Dance in the Desert. The Temple of Vaal. Valley in the Clouds. Desert Ride. Heartfire - David Arkenstone - Visionary Southern Cross. Papillon David Arkenstone. The Magic Forest David Arkenstone. Night Wind David Arkenstone. City in the Clouds David Arkenstone. The Great Wall David Arkenstone. Under the Canopy David Arkenstone.
Heartfire David Arkenstone. Dark Dunes What I Got (Super No Mofo Edit) - Sublime - What I Got Arkenstone. Rendezvous David Arkenstone. The North Wind David Arkenstone. Ride into Midnight David Arkenstone. The Journey Begins David Arkenstone. Chosen Voices David Arkenstone. Ballet David Arkenstone. Ancient Legend David Arkenstone.
Inshallah David Arkenstone. Voices of Heartfire - David Arkenstone - Visionary Anasazi David Arkenstone. Another Star in the Sky David Arkenstone. Dance in the Desert David Arkenstone. The Temple of Vaal David Arkenstone. Valley in the Clouds David Arkenstone. The Southern Cross David Arkenstone.