Essence Of Life, Jeevatma - Stillness
... an absolutely breathtaking journey into the heart of Real Music's most peaceful musical offerings. These are songs that revel in gentle free-flowing ambiance and slow, quiet instrumentation; perfect for those times when you want to be pampered with beauty
Stillness: A Collection is an absolutely stellar collection that allows individuals to be sent away on a dreamy and austere journey through the minds of some of the greatest current composers on the scene. More importantly, this CD allows listeners to find tracks and performers that they like, so that they may purchase other releases from their discographies. We have reviewed a few tracks on Stillness: A Collection in previous coverage, but the deft arrangements of these tracks provide a considerable context than would not normally be had. Stillness: A Collection begins with Rajendra Teredesai’s “Essence of Light;” the track is a microcosm of styles and influences, all couched in a very solemn and reflective work. The six-plus minutes run time would typically be on the long side for an introductory composition, but Teredesai keeps listeners interested through a very personal arrangement. “Calling Wisdom” (Karunesh) and “Enchanted Forest” (Kenio Fuke) possess a tremendous synergy. Karunesh has more of a contemporary, world-weary starkness that is diametrically opposed by the earthy, loamy feel of Fuke’s effort.
James McQuiston, Editor NeuFutur Magazine
This wonderful new collection features favorite artists on the Real Music label, such as Liquid Mind, Peter Kater, Kenio Fuke and Karunesh. From solo instrumental to full musical orchestration, Stillness offers a seamless musical experience into the depths of relaxation. Each song stands strongly on its own, yet takes on a remarkably synergistic quality when experienced as part of the whole. The pieces merge into one relaxing, soul-filled hour of music and meditation. Try playing it for your next gentle yoga experience, or to unwind after your workday. Also it is a great companion to a massage!
The great thing about listening to a collection of songs from Real Music's artists is that you know as a label they have a lot of great musicians and that the vision of most of those artists blend together into a unified whole that allows a collection like Stillness to feel as if the artists deliberately set out to create this album. Real Music founder Terence Yallop also deserves credit for this collection as his discernment for which songs will truly reflect the theme of the overall album shows through in his choices of music to include in this collection. Oftentimes this fact can be overlooked by those who have not spent hours and hours listening to a variety of artists seeking the common threads that run through songs and how they overlap. Starting with the opening track by Rajendra Teredesai entitled “Essence of Life” the listener knows that they have started a journey into those areas of the heart and mind that can only be reached via the solitude and quiet that comes through simply being quiet and hearing those things that we normally overlook when our hectic day to day life presses in around us.
Michael Foster, Ambient Vision
In an increasingly noisy world, can a collection called “Stillness” be over looked? Probably not. A meditative album with cuts pulled from artists new and vintage at the label, it’s a well tracked, themed showcase that has audio getaway stamped all over it. Never drippy or exploitative, this is a set for people serious about getting their equilibrium back after one too many hits in the head, psychic or otherwise. Yep, it’s a spa afternoon for your head.
Stillness: A Collection is an absolutely breathtaking journey into the heart of Real Music's most peaceful musical offerings. These are songs that revel in gentle free-flowing ambience and slow, quiet instrumentation; perfect for those times when you want to be pampered with beauty. The compilation includes the tender piano playing of both Kenio Fuke and Peter Kater, Hilary Stagg's sublime electric harp, the otherworldly bliss of Frank Steiner Jr., and the dreamscapes of Liquid Mind.