Review of Our Time in the issue of Wind and Wire Magazine, Sept/Oct/98

"Our Time"
Eric Chapelle
Hamsa Music
1998
Piano/synth music for relaxation 65:57 playing time

From the exceptionally beautiful cover art all the way through to the final
cut of &"Our Time", this debut album by Eric Chapelle evokes one "wow!" after
another. It's been awhile since I've been knocked out by the sheer beauty of
an album, but this one is amazing. Bordering on ambient on many cuts, there
is a very strong classical influence in both the instrumentation and the
structure of the pieces. Gentle in tone throughout, an uplifting but not
sugar-coated mood is created and sustained. All of the pieces are melodic and
easily accessible, but not in a pop sense that would encourage you to hum or
sing the music. Complex and yet ethereal, the pieces continue to reveal
themselves with repeated hearings, allowing the listener to grow inside the
music while floating away on a dreamy cloud of soothing piano, flute, and
strings (as well as other synthesized sounds). Eric's experience in composing
soundtrack music is evident, but this isn't music meant to be in the
background. It deserves full attention while coaxing the cares and stresses of
the day to evaporate. As I write, I keep pausing to drink in the beauty of
this music. It is truly hypnotic.

Four of the cuts are solo piano, and those feel more grounded; than the cuts
with either synth accompaniment or synth orchestrations; the contrast is
refreshing. The piano is evident on most of the songs, but this isn't strictly
a piano album. Some of the music is about emotional experiences we share ("Our
Time", "Reverence", "Trust", :Child's Play", "Rejoice"), and other pieces are
more abstract ("Enchanted Rock", "In Flight", &"Walking on the Moon", and the
stunning "Unconditional Love"). "Fly-Fishing" shimmers like light dancing off
the water. Each and every piece is a glistening gem, and I give "Our Time"my
highest recommendation!

"Our Time" is currently available in music stores in Austin, Texas and from
Hamsa (ancient Sanskrit for "swan") Music directly at www.hamsamusic.com

-Kathy Parsons

Wind & Wire

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