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5 out of 5

7 Ratings

7 Ratings

An imagination-stimulating journey through a fairy wonderland, in classic David Arkenstone style!

DM1MusicFan

This all new, instrumental album is classic David Arkenstone style, with interesting instrumentation and beautiful melodies and motifs. While it has some feel to his works long time fans enjoy, as a whole, it’s also very unique and different from his previous albums. As he intended, it’s like a day in a fairy garden and often feels like it should be a soundtrack to a movie because it stirs my imagination so much. I think the album cover illustration appropriately paints the picture and sets the mood for the wonderful place this music takes me.

I always especially enjoy the upbeat, driving rhythm, pieces on his albums, like Morning Flight, Voice of the Wood, and Journey’s End on this album. They raise my spirits and send me to a great place. I only wish Voice of the Wood was a little longer just because I don’t want the song to end, but then the cool marimba intro of the next song, Fire Fairy Dance, gets me excited again. All the tracks are great on this album and flow like a journey, which makes it a wonderful album to play all the way through for many times to come.

Beautiful

Char char*

Absolutely beautiful put together! Very calming and relaxing! Really love his work. I'm addicted now! Thanks for such beautiful music!

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

MDiamond

After a number of journeys into diverse musical terrain such as Game of Thrones-inspired Dark Ambient music and the contemporary groove-based Chill genre on his recent “Songs From The Aqua Lounge” album, veteran recording artist and sonic explorer David Arkenstone, has revisited a style that fans around the world will find familiar. According to David: "I was channeling my musical self from 25 years ago. “The Fairy Garden” is a nod to my early releases.” The music has all the enchanting characteristics that many people associate with David Arkenstone, including lush orchestration, atmospheric synthesizers, airy flutes, heavenly harps, dramatic percussion, and more. There is a cinematic quality to the music and I could easily see it as a soundtrack to a Lord of the Rings type movie. In a word… magical.

On “The Fairy Garden,” David plays guitars, keyboards, mandolin, zither, and percussion in addition to being joined by violin virtuoso Luanne Homzy, and GRAMMY winner Susan Craig Winsberg on flute and piccolo. Here, David describes his vision for this album: ““As a musical painter, I wanted to make a portrait of a magical place using my sounds. I write soundtracks for the imagination that allow dreams to become a reality for a while.”

On the opening track “Sunbreak,” sparkly, tinkling sounds portray the first rays breaking over the horizon leading into dramatic orchestration with strings and percussion illuminating the energy and excitement of a new day. There is a cinematic quality to the music that gives the feel of listening to a film soundtrack, although here, the movie is being viewed in the mind’s eye of the listener. Heaven and earth meet in the yin/yang balance of the earthy rhythm track overlaid by celestial choirs, harps, and ethereal synthesizer sounds on “Gossamer Dream.” Over the years, David has delved into the world of Celtic music, and influences of that style are heard on a sweet romantic song called “The Faerie’s Kiss.” While I thoroughly enjoyed every song on “The Fairy Garden,” one of my absolute favorites was “Pools of Moonlight.” This is one of the more archetypically new age-sounding pieces and takes the listener drifting over its luminous enchanted soundscape.

I have a feeling that this is an album that many long time fans have been waiting for from David. The music integrates all the elements that contributed to his iconic sound as he built his reputation over the years. “The Fairy Garden” is a “must have” for fans of David’s classic sound, and for new listeners, it is an excellent place to start. Few recording artists stimulate the theatre of the imagination as deeply as David Arkenstone, and listeners are guaranteed an enchanted excursion into the spellbinding realm of “The Fairy Garden.”

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About David Arkenstone

Grammy-nominated composer David Arkenstone blends global, cinematic, and rock elements into his version of new age music, which has appeared in film, television, and video game scores as well as dozens of his own albums. A music lover since age ten, when he moved to California from Chicago, Arkenstone immersed himself in all kinds of music and played keyboards and guitar in numerous bands as a youth. It was when he discovered the lush arrangements and exotic approach of Kitaro that Arkenstone ventured into new age music. The increasing synergy between computer technology and musical instruments also inspired him; most of his works were created partly or entirely on his Macintosh along with synthesizers and guitars. This blend of electro-acoustic textures was showcased on albums like 1998's The Celtic Book of Days and works from his band Troika, which released a series of albums from the mid-'90s to the early 2000s.

By that time, Arkenstone's solo career was thriving, with several Billboard hit albums and three Grammy nominations (for 1992's In the Wake of the Wind, 2000's Citizen of the World, and 2004's Atlantis) to his name. As the 2000s continued, Arkenstone branched out, incorporating Egyptian and tropical elements into his music, along with the sounds of the Earth in his Natural Wonders Collection series. He also worked on several acclaimed video game soundtracks, including 2007's World of Warcraft: Taverns of Azeroth and 2010's World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. His horizons continued to expand in the 2010s, and his work reflected the growing influence of ambient and chillout within the realm of new age music. By the time of 2016's Fairy Garden, Arkenstone also returned to the more vibrant, mystical approach of his early work along with forays into dark ambient sounds. In 2017, he paid homage to the romantic culture and cinematic history of Italy with Italian Nights. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • GENRE
    New Age
  • BORN
    July 1, 1952

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