Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Moai, so named for the enormous stone sculptures on Easter Island, a Pacific isle of harpist Monica Ramos's native Chile, is a heady mix of electro-acoustic genre-busting compositions written, arranged, and produced by Per... more »
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Moai, so named for the enormous stone sculptures on Easter Island, a Pacific isle of harpist Monica Ramos's native Chile, is a heady mix of electro-acoustic genre-busting compositions written, arranged, and produced by Per Andreason. The classically trained Ramos and her deft fingering are unexpectedly married with thick synthesized dance grooves, chunky beats, her brother Alvaro Covarrubias's elegant classical guitar, and melodic violin harmonies. The result is highly unusual, graceful, and soothingly funky. On some tracks, such as the five-minute "Deep Silence," tinkling synthesizer and heavy beats break into Ramos's sultry whispered Spanish, with the pacing sped up and slowed as the harp dictates. "Sonic Beat," a stunning example of the harp's versatility, is perhaps the emotional core of Moai as it bursts forth and fractures like a wave on an unfamiliar shore. --Paige La Grone
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Good, but I prefer Emer Kenny in this genre
Michael Vogel | 02/19/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Several people made alot of hype about this and although I had a general idea of what the style might be I felt just a little mislead. I guess I expected this album to be more ambient and deeply mystical. The paper cover on the cd compares it to Andreas Vollenweider crossed with Enigma, and while I do see some similarities to Andreas, I don't see how it bears any resemblences to Enigma - maybe that was just placed on there to draw people to it - but the reason I actually bought this cd was because I was under the impression that it was more of a Celtic harp style mixed with trip-hop beats. It's basically just new-age harp music with some ambient rhythms, not bad, but nothing outstanding either.If anything, I actually prefer the sound of Emer Kenny, and I reccomend anyone who likes "Moai" to check her out, similar rhythms and harp playing, but Emer Kenny is more Celtic with ambient pop rhythms and an overall deeper and more sensual sound than Monica Ramos."
Beauty, a harp, and compassion
Thomas R. Carley Jr. | gresham, oregon United States | 12/08/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chile's Monica Ramos has taken the sound of the harp to new heights. On "Moai", she plays the harp to a background of new age sounds, down tempo, and occassional upbeat techno beats and creates an atmosphere of reflection, beauty, and compassion that is unrivaled. I love to play this album while walking along a beach, or at home with my eyes closed, or snuggling to a loved one. Let me tell you my five favorites off of Monica Ramos' beautiful "Moai" album. 1) "Moai". The title track just plain ass rocks. The harp is expertly played on this song, and it is played to a killer down tempo beat, that will make you feel like you are in the middle of a marvelous dream, but it is real. 2)"Sonic Beat". This is pure techno, with the harp as the centerpiece. 3)"Merlene" The beginning kind of reminds me of "Dream Weaver" by Gary Wright, but then makes a radical change that is pure Monica. 4)"Silencio Profundo(Deep Silence)"
Monica couldn't have picked a better piece to open this glorious album with if she tried. The song sets the tone for the entire journey you will experience. 5)"Ocean" This is the song I listen to while walking on the beach. If you see "Moai" out in the stores grab it and buy it, you will not be disappointed, and it is hard to find. Monica Ramos has made an album from her heart, and her heart needs to be heard."
New Age With a Latin Influence
Adam | San Diego | 02/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The music of Monica Ramos is soothing and oceanic. This is the type of music perfect for relaxing or studying. The latin influence of the classical guitar accents the harp bathed in synthetic aura. The beat in most tracks ensures you won't be bored, but lulled into positive affect."