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Posted: 11-Dec-2013, 06:11 AM
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And now for something entirely different....new age dance music. Ah-ah, tweet-tweet, ohm-ohm. Seriously. There is a new group called Cosmo Frequency that, for the most part, is a new age music ensemble sounding a lot like Eighties Vangelis on their debut CD, Soundtrack to Life. BUT, one of the members was a longtime dance-club remix DJ and occasionally he cuts loose with some get-out-on-the-floor-and-shake-your-thang rhythms. Those tracks -- “Classic Story (Light Years Away)” and “Mt. Emotion (Part 2)” -- are not a bad thing. They bring life and energy to a genre that sometimes gets too caught up in relaxation and meditation, and occasionally forgets that one of the main attributes of music is entertainment. So for the new agers who are into body movement, break-a-sweat workouts or spinning (or any personal trainer yelling like a an Army drill sergeant), this is a perfect CD. OK, there are a couple of softer, slower tunes, but the non-dance ones are mostly at least mid-tempo and several have a powerful beat.

After the EDM tracks, the next most upbeat and rhythmic are “Horizon” and “Chillaxin.” The next most upbeat are “The Gift” and “Apollo Skies” (maybe great space-shuttle music?), both utilizing trumpet parts. The softest and slowest, by far, is “Winter Solstice,” but there are a couple of soft, mid-tempo numbers that are in the new age vein as well (“Canyon Chant” with its Native American feel, “Eventide,” “Mt. Emotion Part 1,” “Within the Veil” with the recitation of a space-poem, and “World of Light” -- the latter two breaking up the instrumental sounds with some female singing).

This type of new age album -- full of eclecticism, diversity and tempo changes -- is becoming more common (reference albums in the past two years by Uwe Gronau, Mark Bruland, Christopher Lapina). These artists are adventurous, exciting and brave enough to turn the new age genre on its head. While only select tracks from these artists work for meditation or massage therapy sessions (so that they may lose out on those markets), in theory they may expand their audience beyond those who only want extremely gentle music.

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