One of the benefits of doing this, is that you sometimes get to hear music long before it is officially released. So it is great when an artist confides in you enough to let you listen to a new album and have a peek at the artwork. Thank you Craig!
In this case I am talking about the third release from Craig Karolus called Journey Of Divine Instrumentation (JODI). Find my thoughts on his second album here.
And that title is chosen with a purpose, to honour the long missing Jodi Huisentruit. Craig grew up with her and her 1995 disappearance was devastating. Several tracks on this album are dedicated to her, and proceeds of them will go to the Jodi´s Network Of Hope. A good cause if any! On his website you find some footage about this case.
So on to the music then: If you have heard of Craig´s music before, then it will not come as a surprise that this album is again a very peaceful and moody affair. Beautiful serene melodies over sonic soundscapes built on piano and strings. Included in the arrangements are for instance acoustic guitar, harp, female voices and a trumpet in Veterans and Jodi. Alas I do not know if it is all done by Craig, or if there are guest musicians involved, but it all sounds really convincing!
As Craig always says: “relax, it is new age music at its finest”. So if you are into this genre, or need some music to chill out to, take a dive in, as this is again a wonderful instrumental album! Release date is July 4, 2013.