"Phenomena - Legends & Myths"
Pete Havey - Mystic Soundscapes
|1. Premonition||7. Bermuda Triangle|
|2. Mysterious World||8. Flight of the Dragon|
|3. Phenomena||9. Warriors of the Clouds|
|4. Midnight Sun||10. Ghosts in the Mist|
|5. Polar Night||11. Brave New World|
12. The Gift of Life
A McFeast from McGowan
Musician Tim McGowan has released his new CD, "Phenomena: Legends and Myths".
The album is an amazing performance that features Tim's signature musical stylings. His innate ability to fuse many styles and genres into one cohesive whole results in an album that, while vaguely reminiscent of David Arkenstone's cinematic storytelling, is in the end pure Tim McGowan.
I love the guitar work on this one!
Each song has its own personality - the album is mysterious, adventurous, intriguing and inspiring.
This will become one of your favorites in the McGowan collection!
Check out some samples and be ready to buy, because you're going to love what you hear!
"Phenomena - Legends & Myths"
Michael Debbage - Solo Piano Publications
February 25th 2008
- Legends and Myths
represents Tim’s tenth instrumental release and
not only has he improved on his compositional skills but more importantly
he has delivered an album with a huge cinematic sound and production
comparable with that of a big label backing.
The album opens with an atmospheric passage of layered synthesizers, reflective piano and textured echoed guitar. Building with a pulsating bass, the introduction is then dominated by rhythmic drums then slows again keeping you on the edge of your seat as to whether to be mellow or manic. McGowan even includes very brief spoken words that only add to the haunting beauty of the opening track of the appropriately titled “Premonition”.
It only gives you clues of what to expect.
On the more upbeat side there is the straight forward pace of “Polar Nights” and “Brave New World” that draws some similarities with Ryan Farish. In contrast, there is the more complex cross rhythms found on “Flight Of The Dragon” and it is here that comparisons to the early days of Yanni can be found. Nevertheless, McGowan’s clear progressive undertones throughout the album makes for a very defining sound that is uniquely his own.
Ultimately, the album concentrates on a cinematic approach with mid paced pictorial sounds that color this artist’s musical escapades. This can be found on “Mysterious World” or the even moodier “Oceanic Abyss”. Once again, McGowan does not hesitate to counter his piano work with swirling synthesizers and well placed guitar embellishments. In utter contrast, McGowan is more than capable of keeping his songs simple, as reflected by the flowing ballad “The Gift Of Life” that concludes this stellar album.
If you like your instrumental music shaken not stirred without foregoing its melodic sensibilities, then this vibrant and powerful instrumental disc will stir your emotions. Phenomena Legends and Myths is a passport to the colorful musical world of Tim McGowan so run do not walk and book a flight today courtesy of McMusic International.
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