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Album Review

Although the title inspires thoughts of complete peace and quiet spiritual transportation, the keyboardist/composer's Real Music debut actually incorporates a lot of exciting melodic and rhythmic elements from his long life's journey. The Parisian-born Thierry David once lived in Peru and jammed with Andean musicians. After studying at the Berklee School of Music, he entered the advertising world and wrote jingles; from there he taught piano, played jazz, rock, and heavy metal and recorded solo projects that incorporated everything from Indian to classical music. Real Music's promotional materials made sure the listener was aware that Claude Challe, initiator of the famed Buddha-Bar compilations, once referred to David as one of the few French musicians who legitimately belonged to the lounge chillout world those albums celebrate. While there are plenty of downtempo electronic grooves and mysterious, hypnotic keyboard sounds that could accompany a journey toward inner peace, a great many of these compositions match the easy grooving, jazzy, and melody-rich style of Keiko Matsui. "Rain on Me" perfectly swirls a graceful high-register piano motif with murky synth sounds and trippy rhythms, while "Deep Sea Green" perfectly captures the dual vibes of the disc in one track. After a minute of moody, relaxing massage music, the percussion and bass pick up and roll along, and David's cheery piano lifts the spirits the rest of the way. The easy-grooving, gently swaying "Connected" also incorporates the soaring, ethereal wordless vocals of Jade and a distant, blistering rock guitar, making this truly chill-jazz with an edge. Other pieces like "Silhouettes at Dusk" are more simple expressions of mood and romance.

Customer Reviews

Stunningly captivating work

Haunting distinctive melody lines and subtle use of electronic motifs coupled with acoustic piano makes for a fine, even addictive listening experience. It's evocative tunes, simple changes, percussive beat, bass, some chorale-like voices comes together like few sounds have for me. I can't get enough of this album. It is a truly amazing work.


I am an avid listener of new age music. I first heard the song "Rain On Me" through my digital cable's new age station. Right after I heard the song, I came right on iTunes and purchased the entire album. It is the best new age album I ever bought and listened to. Every song is very relaxing with simple, remembering, melodic tunes. Thierry David is fantastic and I will be purchasing his other three albums shortly. Defiantly one of the best albums I ever purchased!

Track #7 Dream It is really A Night In Ibiza

Not sure why iTunes has a different title.

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