Jun 2012 25

Arcana - EmeraldArcana
Category: Ambient / Neoclassical
Album: Emerald
Stars: 3.5
Blurb: A shining example of classically influenced ambient.


Arcana – the side project of Swedish composer Peter Bjärgö – has released Emerald as a prelude to upcoming full-length album As Bright as a Thousand Suns, the first release after a four-year absence. The result is, with the exception of the excessively spacey and repetitive end of “A Cage,” a beautiful example of neoclassical ambient.

A lot of ambient artists like to call themselves “neoclassical,” but Bjärgö earns the label. The bright and pulsing piano on “A Cage” combines with choir style vocals and chimes to create a choral atmosphere. The female vocal on “Precious Stone” is lightly operatic; strong, but without overwhelming the soft piano and airy synth. “As the End Draws Near” is a stunning combination of strings and deep synth beats, with a deep male vocal and choral female vocal adding to the rich texture. The result, like most of this brief introduction, manages to be relaxing and stimulating at the same time. It’s the perfect music for unwinding after a long day, or long night at the club.
Track list:

  1. As the End Draws Near
  2. A Cage
  3. Precious Stone

Arcana Website http://www.erebusodora.net/arcana
Arcana MySpace http://www.myspace.com/peterbjargo
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Purchase at:
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Amazon MP3
Elizabeth Green (salomedesade)

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