Saturday, July 16, 2011

CD Review – In the Flow, by Michael Brant DeMaria

Psychologist and multi-instrumentalist recording artist Michael Brant DeMaria’s latest album is a form of regression therapy, actually compiling material from his first three albums to weave a soothing, sonic tapestry that has as one of its main themes the healing, regenerative properties of water.

As the album title, artwork, and many of the track names suggest, the music creates the warm, visceral sensation of floating in water. DeMaria accomplishes this through the use of his keyboards, synthesizers, and flutes to generate soft sounds and gentle vibrations that envelop the subconscious in comfort and serenity.

DeMaria’s keyboards and synthesizers set the tone for the entire recording, functioning as a sort of musical anesthetic that lulls the senses into a state of tranquility, enabling reception of the therapeutic healing. DeMaria’s flute is the musical scalpel with which he precisely penetrates the core of the listener’s being and fine-tunes it into equilibrium with peace and harmony.

The album functions well as both background music and music for meditation, healing, and therapy and also stands on its own as a pure, blissful listening experience.

--Raj Manoharan

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