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Album Review

Raphael's prior album Music to Disappear In II is a mellow, deeply ambient piece of work that manages to mesmerize and stimulate at the same time, wonderful stuff for meditation. Angels of the Deep follows the pattern too, this time taking the deep focus and painting in both an oceanic theme and an angelic theme, which means not only the slow, drifting musical pulse with the deep environment to it, but also subtly-incorporated whale sounds. It's a wonderful piece of work, sleepily sensuous, an album for lying down with the lights out and the brain glowing with light. The pieces themselves are generally long and winding, never jarring in entrance or exit, making this delightfully organic. Put it on and think of the stars over ocean and prepare to be carried off.

Biography

Born: 1948 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Raised by Benedictine nuns in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Raphael learned classical music and Gregorian chants during his solitary childhood. From the age of 13, he felt a strong connection to baroque music, particularly the works of Antonio Vivaldi, the 18th-century violinist and composer who was himself a Catholic monk. In reaction to his strict upbringing, however, Raphael plunged wholeheartedly into the late-'60s San Francisco scene. Yet even as he explored rock & roll and tribal music, he never lost...
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Angels of the Deep, Raphael
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: New Age, Music
  • Released: 01 January 1995

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