English · Interviews

‘Passion’ by Pier O (M2D Belgium) Music2Deal album review.

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Genre:                 Lounge/downtempo

Release date:     22-Aug-16

Label:                   M-Sol Records http://m-solrecords.com/

Platforms:

https://www.music2deal.com/be/Im7870zerHhh_KBep2tmqXHmka0

https://soundcloud.com/pier-o-lounge/sets/passion-album

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/passion-presented-by-pier-o/id1142187757

https://www.beatport.com/release/passion-presented-by-pier-o/1830827

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Passion-Presented-Pier/dp/B01K37JSW0

http://m-solrecords.com/shop/lounge-chillout-music/passion-pier-o-album/

Album intro

Pier-O’s first album captures very high quality lounge music that follows the modern chill out trends & includes jazz and balearic elements in Pier’s own unique emotional musical style. A few tracks are included which were produced in collaboration with worldwide famous musicians such as Marga Sol, Euphonic Traveller, and Marie Therese. Experience Pier’s own ‘passion’ for music via the unique musical vibe & style captured in this, the producer’s debut album.

A note from the artist

I have had a history of love for music since I was born. This love of music ranges from classical to metal, with a never-ending love for Pink Floyd. During the mid 90’s I was listening to a lot of 12″ house music vinyl releases, had a few of my own old skool trance tracks released too and as this was first decade of the new millennium, I remember how at that time, I was just amazed at the musical possibilities so I first specialized in analogue vintage synths. This taught me how to work well with both synthesizer sound creation as well as modular synths and I’m proud to say that I’ve been the owner of many classic synthesizers over the years. That list has included the ARP, Elka, EML, EMS, MOOG, Oberheim & Roland legends and even the mighty Yamaha CS-80 (yes, the very same synthesiser Vangelis utilised so well on the classic ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’ soundtracks).

I actually do still have some of the original tracks that I produced during that ambient music period of my life on my SoundCloud profile;

https://soundcloud.com/pier-o-lounge/sets/excerpts-from-my-pre-lounge

The underlying concept of Music2Deal was the major draw factor that made me want to join the platform. Music2Deal’s global musician networking premise, the ability to offer music for licensing as well as the free tools on the site are frankly a breath of fresh air for the music industry.”

https://www.music2deal.com/be/Im7870zerHhh_KBep2tmqXHmka0

Authors note; Wonderful of sound that are mellow, classy & capture certain panache. That’s how Pier’s music makes me feel. I really dig it when I hear music & abstract sounds in a track & more so from those with an ear for quality music based on their previous track/album work, social media shares as well as general on & off-line conversations. So, with that said, it was a real pleasure to both hear as well as scribe some words on this new piece of work, the debut album from Pier released via the label of our mutual associate; the multi-talented Marga Sol. Thank you both, myself & many others appreciate your musical efforts, so, well there it is dear reader, please enjoy my review & sound experience when listening to this album for the first time recently.

Peace & Music, forever

Darren @ Music2Deal, Nov’ 16

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Elisa’s Story (Space Dream Mix)Love the opening, dreamalicious, definitely. Lots of good touches here & an extremely chilled vibe throughout, big like & thoroughly enjoyed the wind work samples. In this instance, Pier takes the sound of the trumpet, records and then ‘plays the trumpet’ via his MIDI piano keyboard until satisfied with the sound created. If Pier is not happy with the initial sound then he simply edits or re-records again until comfortable, refinement works.

Hot Summer Breeze – Wow, love the ocean opener and then the bass, such a good & instant vibe, with beats, trumpet & vibe all merged so very well. I feel the influence of Sven Van Hees and his Matrass Mambo** track which is wonderful to hear and, perhaps even an homage to that classic Latin lounge track but regardless that’s what this feels like, intentional or not. An excellent down tempo track Pier and now as I type it’s once more with the trumpet sample (Y) so good on the ear and, the title is perfect! I’d personally enjoy hearing this (loudly) on a beach anywhere in the sun with good company & a cool glass in hand, chuckles J the ending is a nice touch too, quality.

*which, dear reader is in-fact the technically correct track title from Sven’s classic ‘Gemini’ album, i.e. not Mattress, it’s a language thing peeps :)

Red Sunset (feat. Mia Lemar) – I really enjoyed the opening sequence on this track and once more, such good accompanying work from the trumpet. Mia Lemar delivers her contribution perfectly I feel vs. the overall ‘tone’ of the track & mood in-play, excellent. Definitely, a lazy Sunday morning vibe & flavor to it, yep, a first track of the day selection with good coffee please, that’ll work. Another like is the tinkling piano throughout…perfect & then the sax, horn & vocal together as we move on through the track, very chic Pier! J #GotPanache #GotClass

Waiting (For You) – Yet another dreamy opening sequence, I can see why Pier & I both like DF Tram and that’s all I can really say about that J it’s a music-lover ‘thing’ peeps, chuckles. Aaaanyway and then, the synths begin, nice background atmosphere generated here, all elements in play, clearly a soundscape track, love that guitar riff & the piano, it’s just right, not too much, not too little, on the cusp, tight track.

Eiffel Tower Dream – I was both intrigued & immediately curious for more simply by the starting sequence & trumpet sampling here. That aspect brings the track alive instantly & grabbed my ears too. Enjoyed the slight echo on this, don’t know if this is freestyle but it works & I dig it. The pause & rebuild @ 2.55 then the sax is a nice touch and again, that echo, another nice touch. Like the end sequence also, it’s that echo again but this time on the vibraphones. Cool fade-out to end also here.

Long Kiss at Trocadero – Another wonderful beginning that makes me curious for more, like it when that happens, lovely high synth & waves of sound in the background, an immediate dreamy atmosphere created, it all hangs together very well.

And now, a brief interlude & some ad-hoc background on this track from Pier himself:

“Long Kiss at Trocadero was composed after my first meeting in Paris with my former girlfriend who I still love, we kissed first time in Paris on a seat in Trocadero Park in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower…also, the many “I love you’s” on the album and sensual whisperings in the background were recorded by her side on that day, good memories.”**

** The splash of life & love that adds fuel to ‘the process’ I’m sure, thank you for sharing that insight Pier, DP)

Le Ciel de Paris (Pier-O Pont Des Arts Mix) by Euphonic Traveller – Always a quality track, it’s just sooooo Parisian & mellow. Btw and frankly, anything composed by Euphonic Traveller (such a cool handle, always thought so) is allll ways worth a listen per the high-quality consistency of ET’s output; guy’s got taste & a good ear for the sweet-sounds.

Poison & Passion (Pier O Passionata remix) by Marga Sol) – Nice remix of Marga’s own original track , it’s clear that Pier & Marga work very well together based on this album as well as other historic collaborative albums & singles, yep, like that.

Love Jazz (for the weekend) – Sighs, lovely track, I can imagine myself in good company in a smoky bar anywhere in the world listening to this, very sensual saxophone so yep, definitely a ‘love Jazz feeling’ here.

Promenade – Love the opening as the music bleeds in, a mini soundscape in itself this track and the piano overlay is pure pleasure on the ears.

Fermer Les Yeux – Simple but effective this track, not overdone, a nice slice of downtempo

Air of Love (feat. Marga Sol) – Very much enjoyed the guitar & vocal effect’s here and of course, my beloved flute, I just love that instrument! J

Lady Fantasy (The Next Summer) – Grabbed my ear from the start, its sooo chilled & I really enjoyed the keyboard work & sound effects. Simply put; a pleasure to both listen to & to work with in the morning with coffee but hey, that statement goes for the whole album dear reader, highly recommended with caffeine, most definitely, trust D.

Gin & Tonic (Pier-O Bossa Chill Mix) by Marie Therese – I always enjoy the mood & atmosphere captured in this track and the excellent saxophone work by Hal Millen so good to see it’s been captured also as it’s been a while so, like bumping into an old friend, if you will, chuckles J

A word from Pier about this particular track: “The wonderful original track, pure chill-out, composed by the lovely Marie Therese, who’s always been a great friend of mine too.”

Beach Waves – Frankly, this tracks sounds just like its title, so that’s kicking back on a beach, anywhere, listening to this & gazing out at the oceans…oh yes, a definite Zen track for sure, biiiiig like from DP on that.

Finally & to wrap-up this review, I thought it would be informative for readers to have an insight into some of the technical & tooling background utilised in the production of this album & from Pier himself;

  • All the tracks were fully created using samples except for the human voices as all the sensual whisperings & background voices are my muse (i.e. my former girlfriend). The French talking voices are samples from Mia Lemar as well as an associate of Euphonic Traveller who also utilised the same lady’s voice-over talents on his ‘Lounging Paris’ album.
  • I try to do all mixing and mastering myself too except for the final mastering ahead of release & when all the tracks are ready. That aspect is performed by Marga and her team only and covers areas such as ensuring that the overall loudness of all songs is equal. Regardless I’m still learning some aspects of production so I have up’s & down’s day after day… After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. J
  • Today’s sample libraries are very close to the real instruments so sometimes I use sample loops, but generally, I try not to use too many sample loops like some other musicians can do so I compose most of the melodies & chords myself. Generally, I’m playing everything, instrument by instrument using a sample library of that particular instrument. Only the electric piano comes from my real Rhodes EP mk I while the deeper bass sounds are produced via my vintage MOOG Minimoog. I also usually utilize the following sample tools in my production process; a piano or an electronic piano, strings, pads, trumpet, tenor saxophone, horns and vibraphones.
  • All the above tools are utilised via the Pro Tools music system on my computer, my DAW.

Hope that was a good flava of the album peeps & I hope your enjoyed!

Darren – Music2Deal UK

©DP @ Music2Deal

English · This & That

Mirage Of Deep – Northern Lights: New Album Review by Darren Pearson

Greetings from London M2D member & reader,

Something different here for us here, thoughts most welcomed.

One of the perks of being privileged to have a strong network of talent & creative people in my beloved world of Music, is that I’m fortunate to occasionally get insights to new releases/draft tracks  per invites from artists/labels  & DJ’s. This could be ahead of a formal label release-date (in this case released via the excellent Lemongrassmusic label in Germany) and sometimes, it’s simply from one creative music-soul to another for an informal ‘whaddaya think so far?’ view on their current work-in-progress.

This scenario & background is what led to the production of the following review. Nacho Ferrer (or the excellent soundscape-painter & artist known as ‘Mirage of Deep’) reached out to me a few months back for such a view as we have spoken about music on many occasions.

For myself, any such writing is pure-pleasure as a combination of words and music is one of my personal life-loves so Sara had the idea to also share this review via the M2D blog. We both felt that it could be interesting for our music-lover readers to gain some insights into this  reviewers ‘process’ for producing such work and of course, as an introduction to the review itself so, here I go, please read-on;

Typically, I’m an early riser for various reasons so I get into my creative-writing at that time of the day when the house ‘sleeps’ and I can work undisturbed with headphones on.

To kick-off, I can tell you that I do not in any way plan what I’m going to write, I simply freestyle at the key-board, write up-notes and then combine all into (what is I hope) is a pleasant & engaging narrative for music-lovers like myself who are just well, hmmm, shall we say ‘deeply into many facets of music & appreciation both as an art-form & life-pleasure’. That’s the best high-level view I feel but says it all & will be recognisable by many.., of that I’m sure dear reader & fellow Musik-Hed. J.

Typically, my notes are abstract, one or two words, the occasional rough paragraph so would likely mean absolutely nothing to anyone except myself but hey, it works for this guy. I always seek to capture a range of input in a review so that covers the following areas of interest but I don’t limit myself, whatever comes to mind as (big-point here) it’s gotta come from the heart to resonate;

  • For mix’s; a good selection of tracks (the back-bone.., crucial in a good mix & overall ‘journey’ for me)
  • Are there any ‘jarring-moments’ in a mix. This is when I feel that a track detracts from the overall ‘journey of the mix’ hence the above first & major-point for me.
  • How the music was ‘delivered’ to my ears, how it made me feel so, the emotions evoked if you will.
  • Does the mix carry me and take me on a journey in music?
  • Are any life & music memories evoked by ‘the sound’?
  • What was the emotional-impact on me? (But not overdone I hope dear reader! J ) It’s just all from the heart & I strongly-feel the need to flex my creative-writing a lot more at this point in my life (something I’m very happy about btw.
  • What were the stand-out points in the track or mix? e.g.  a special-moment via the use of a specific-instrument.

So as you can see, I simply listen with a pen & notebook at hand, music playing and freestyle scribe all these thoughts, then pull them together in a review via 2/3 drafts until it’s honed etc.

I hope you enjoy the review and I highly-recommend that the review is read whilst listing to the individual tracks to give it the fine-detail context that many music-lovers will understand, i.e. maximise the experience…

Please enjoy and any feedback most welcomed dear reader!

Peace!….and Musica….

Darren Emilio

Co-founder/Operations Director (and Musik Hed ;)

Arima Lounge Events & Mgmt.

 

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1 – Northern Lights – The opening…Mirage of Deep (MOD) has a real-talent for painting a soundscape straight from the start, a fine example right here. Nacho’s love of music vs. the human-soul was clear to me some time ago per our online chats & track-shares in music & social-media world. I’m a big flute-lover so this track is right up my street, superb blowing from Ramon Reviara. The Asian influence is plain to hear in this track & is something that I put to Nacho recently i.e. you have an uncanny ability to recreate such sounds & so much so, that I had initially thought that MOD were an Asian outfit when I first heard tracks. That is an admitted generalization but I think it demonstrates very well, just how much talent MOD has in this space. The beats coupled with the use of my beloved flute make this very much a thinking (or Zen as I say) track for these ears. The female-vocal/chant is the perfect accompaniment for the soundscape that MOD has created here, a majestic piece of work in its scope & breadth.

2 – Totality feat. David Phillips & Alvin Mutlu – …I’m back in Calcutta immediately with this…and purely because of this opening-sequence…thanking you Nacho. The words and narrative are areas that Nacho does well plus, (and highly-relevant), we have chatted on-line about our emotional (as well as physical, yes its true) reactions at times to music. We’ve spoken in a way that confirmed to me that there are many, many such music-lovers whom also have a deep affection & love of, ‘the sound’. The flute here is wonderful and the echo only adds to the aural-vision painted. This whole piece is just mystical in its ambition and breadth to me. A wonderful female vocal that fits perfectly & upon first hearing, this track could have been made by a musician of Asia descent to my ears & this is again something I have mentioned to Nacho. Suffice to say, I wasn’t surprised when he advised that told me that this was in-fact, a common piece of feedback/compliment. This is also why we feel that music is the only one true global language as it transcends all cultures, colours & creeds, the wonder of the sound and Nacho Ferrer has such very good aural ‘vision’. The wavering of the flute @ 5.15…I think even Nacho would agree with me that this track arguably may not have mass-appeal but that does not take any kudos away whatsoever from this piece. It feels most appropriate for this track to be in the company of the other tracks on this album. What an experience on the ears Nacho…wonderful….gracias amigo.

3 – Road of Life (Frontiers of Asia) – Love, love the opening sequence, this is one of those tracks that grabs the ears straight away & makes me curious for what‘s coming next. The use of the flute is sublime & blends so very well with the aural-soundscape ‘painted’ by MOD. Big kudos to the contribution from Jaume Pla Fraj playing the Bansuri here, excellent work. I find this a singular track and by that I mean, it reminds me of nothing I have heard before.., is unique & so stands out to this music-lover because of those attributes. The arrangement is excellent, the atmosphere superb and a bonus is that this is a track that I love to work to as it both soothes and inspires in a Zen-fashion & so aids my process, Zennnnnn..;). Oh & when the strings first commence & then fade into the main wall of sound…delicious, soul-soothing music here. Love the ending too, very well done Nacho.

4 – Hero’s (featuring Candela Ghelfi) – A great reworking of a classic Bowie track. I think this absolutely does justice to the original as well as enhance & showcase the song in a whole new-light. I love such reworking’s of classics so was pleasantly surprised to hear such a track from MOD as it was most unexpected but show’s good range & is a good idea. Saying this as this piece really adds a whole new dimension to this classic per the tempo, female-vocal & excellent guitar work. Although it’s a reworking, make no mistake, this is a very distinctive piece of work in its own right so should any first-time listener not familiar with the original (do such people exist!) then this is arguably the greatest homage that one artist can pay to another’s work. Short but very, VERY sweet, well done Nacho/MOD and Candela Ghelfi and a fantastic contribution from Victor Espluges on guitar.

5 – Restless Soul – The opening guitar oh…hypnotic & melodic, wonderful slow-build, a wonderful instrumental piece. The guitar work here is excellent & sounds so very well both against and with the soundscape painted by Nacho/MOD. I’m a big believer in a piece without a vocal being just as credible and powerful as one with, always have, always will. This piece makes that point very well in my humble view & I must confess I do love this track.

6 – Melodies of beyond (feat. Josephine Sweet – Sax! What a unique opening. This is a piece of music that ebbs & flows on the mind & soul. The use of synths and vocal is a perfect combination on this track, all elements work very, very well together. Very much enjoyed the change & complete stoppage of sound @4.30 and the bleed back-in of all, sax playing and then, the vocal drops…superb creativity to my ears & also slightly reminiscent of some Moby tracks at that very point but no poor imitations here. Love such creativity, not many can do this as well as Nacho/MOD has done here, well done. The ending is so crisp & clean too, I had such a wonderful early morning audio experience when I first listened to this at 5am in London with the birds singing their morning-chorus a while back. My ears love this track & they are singing MOD’s praises loud, great piece, a truly great piece of work from Nacho & Josephine Sweett.

7 – Divine Devotion (Interlude) – The opening sequence…oh my… I’m in another dimension with this & love the use of violin & double-bass. The combination of strings, synths and tone to create the soundscape here is just fantastic to me, “layering sounds on top of each other”* was never truer (*Little Fluffy Clouds – The Orb) This is an amazing piece of sound in my humble view, very well done MOD, well done!

8 – Vimana – This track just ‘grabs’ the ear straightaway if you’re a Lounger like myself. Any ‘pure-love-of-music in many forms’ Musik-Hed Readers will know exactly what I mean by this. I work whilst listening to such tracks all the time so this goes straight into my Zennnnnn-collection. Excellent use of the trumpet and, the Zita & Tempura combination is….superb Nacho. I hear waves crashing per the effect, there are so many subtle-sounds and element in-play here & all so very well blended. This is a fine example of a non-vocal track that stands in its own right.  i.e. any track, any genre does need a vocal to be superb, many music-lovers know this already thought of course but that point is I guess more for reader’s from other viewpoints than a simple & pure love of music., we are a culture within a culture I’ve found so must call it as I see & feel it at this point. A great & crucially for me, soul-moving track…a new immediate favourite in my collection from Mirage of Deep. Even more so with the use of Xylophone (RIP Gill Scott-Heron & Roy Ayers) In addition, I very much enjoyed the wind-down as much as the initial build in this track, a superb dismantling of the orchestra of sound that was just built plus, only then are there words, a just right female utterance with echo…ethereal..Mystical…all the above, nice.

9 – Hechizo de Luna – Always such interesting opening sequences with MOD’s work, Nacho’s work is wonderful to this Musik-Hed’s receivers & can instantly send’s me off to places & spaces in my minds-eye..so much of any such thinking is fuelled by MOD’s work, regular plays here etc.

10 – Petals of Tears – Another mystical opening…and the use of violin, string & piano is a very good combination here.

11 – I hear Dreams – The best opening for such a track that I have heard in a long-time, immediately moved & transported to places & spaces, Zen music for my mind and soul, THAT is what Nacho Ferrer does to me and for me. During chats with Nacho & despite any language barriers, with the tech around now, we speak well & always understand one another, always.

12 – Divine Interlude – Double bass wonderful and deep, always loved such string-work. The combination of violin and double-bass is wonderful instantly drags on your soul, this is how I felt listening to this Nacho/MOD.

13 – Cloudless Sky (Remix) – Again, love the opening-sequence, I can only use the same descriptive-terms used in track 11. I had ‘Blade-Runner’ moment listening to this; it’s majestic in its ambition, wonderful.

14 – Sudden Flight –  A dreamy track to end this cinematic presentation of sound-scapes, very fitting, it feels and sounds like an after-thought, a wind-down with beautiful strings & a almost classic female voice, the drums are very cinematic, this tracks works on that level in all respects.

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