Thursday, July 31, 2008
CD Review: Harlan Mark Vale - Bright Angel
Harlan Mark Vale - Bright Angel
2008, Pillars Of Light Music
Bright Angel is something of a sonic landscape. It's a series of watercolors in piano that represent the daydreams of Harlan Mark Vale. The compositions themselves do not so much take the listener anywhere as live in the moment and noodle where they may. The music is contemplative, like light rain in a puddle or dew on the grass. This is not music that will grab you, but music you must surrender control to in order to enjoy. There aren't specific highs and lows to point to. Bright Angel ebbs and flows like the ocean -- by the time you've noticed the crest you're part way to the trough, and vice versa.
Bright Angel is a mellow and reserved flash of beauty, lapping at your ankles as you walk along the water's edge. Harlan Mark Vale is but the curator, interpreting his vision into sound.
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
To learn more about Harlan Mark Vale check out www.harlanmarkvale.com. You can purchase Bright Angel at www.cdbaby.com/cd/harlanmarkvale.