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Album Review

This installment in David and Diane Arkenstone's Adventure Cargo series travels to the plains of Africa for inspiration. Inspiration is an important word. African Skies only uses the continent as a guide, accentuating the typical contemporary instrumental palette of surging synths and vaguely ethnic electronic percussion with African vocalists and minor nods to indigenous instrumentation. This approach posits the four pieces here somewhere between the Arkenstones' usual name-brand output and soundtrack music for the next globe-hopping Tomb Raider film. Cuts like "Safari on the Serengeti" and "Voices in the Jungle" are evocative, to be sure. But their African influence should be taken at face value.


Born: California

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New age sensation Diane Arkenstone came from a varied musical background before focusing her career on Celtic music in the 1990s. Trained as an opera singer, Arkenstone experimented with punk, heavy metal, and folk music until she co-formed the duo Enaid & Einalem with a musician friend named Melanie. While with the duo, she married like-minded musician David Arkenstone and formed the label Neo Pacifica with him. She broke out on her own to make meditative...
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African Skies, Diane Arkenstone
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music, New Age
  • Released: 26 August 2003

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