Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
Entrances dances through a primeval forest...chants a Franciscan prayer... shares wisdom from a 14th century mystic... sings the sweet sorrow of an Appalachian lovesong... and swells with a blessing from ancient Scotla... more »
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Entrances dances through a primeval forest...chants a Franciscan prayer... shares wisdom from a 14th century mystic... sings the sweet sorrow of an Appalachian lovesong... and swells with a blessing from ancient Scotlands people of the heather. Following the success of Lydia McCauleys debut CD release, Sabbath Days Journey, Brimstone Music releases Entrances. We booked a major international studio, traveled by caravan north to Canada, illuminated the studio room with 100 candles, played music for two days straight, then recorded vocals for the next two, explains Lydia as she describes the intense time-limits on the actual recording of entrances. One would not be able to tell that this album was recorded so quickly from the lush instrumentation and layered sound. The band was in fine form, and good humor. The candles and music transformed the room into a beautiful space - a mystical space that one can sense throughout the albums ten tracks. Entrances is essentially one piece, an album to be played through in its entirety. Lydias entrancing songwriting of the past year springs from what she describes as a difficult and contemplative time. Her music is from the poets heart and has the power to move ones soul. In the title track, Entrances, Lydia takes her listener through the forest in pentatonic tones that reach back in time to a primordial moment. The bands synergistic approach to improvisation is apparent in the songs instrumental - and it sets the tone for the album. Hope Grows contemplates hope in a dark place, using lines from Etty Hillesums Diaries, written under the shadow of World War II. There is a light/dark quality in both the melody and lyric that is moving and emotional. Lydia describes Garden Room as a reflection on the fullness of summer, just before the melancholy turn toward autumn. Preghiera Semplice is a simple prayer of the Franciscan Tradition; a plea (which is reflected in both the words and instrumental) to become human instruments of Peace. It leads mystically into The Fire, and dives deeper into The Cloister Within. There is magic here, as Lydias intuitive songwriting gives way to vocals that seem to be sung through her. The arrangement has depth and space in its entirety. It pulls the listener inward, inspiriting the soul. The album reaches its pinnacle in Ashes, a continual chordal cycle that seemingly storms and swirls over Lydias voice. Foggy Dew is a fun, rollicking original version of a traditional classic. Come All Ye Fair is a perfect example of the Southern Appalachian wistfulness that is used so often in their lovesongs. The bands beautiful arrangement has a unified sound, resplendent with strings, and lush recorder. The last track, Traveling Moorland, is a joyous original song that centers around an ancient Scottish Blessing. It invites and inspires the audience into a universal hope of community. Lydia McCauley - vocals, piano, keyboards.
Frank Olsen - double bass.
Frank Jackson - recorders.
Phil Heaven - viola, doumbek.
Brian Cunningham - acoustic guitar.
Kurt Scherer - synth, chimes.
Marc Murray - congas, percussion. Recorded at Greenhouse Studios, Vancouver, B.C., Canada and mastered at Oceanview Mastering, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Haunting, hypnotic songs for healing
Brianna Neal | USA | 10/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In her second album, singer/songwriter and keyboardist Lydia McCauley explores deep sorrows, entrancing insights of faith, and the psychology of hope. Her rich, clean, honest voice floats above the gentle, folk-jazz accompaniment of her own piano and keyboards, as well as viola, recorders, acoustic guitar, double bass and occasional hand drums. There's a resonant, insistent repetition in some of the songs on "Entrances" that can seem either mesmerizing or stagnant depending on your mood. But they are songs of healing and catharsis, songs that focus on questions of "why?" and seek comfort from above, from within and from the natural cyclings of life. Apparently Lydia and her family suffered losses in a fire, and fire imagery figures prominently in several songs on this album. Happily, from the shock and loss expressed in "Ashes" ("... in the quiet of the hurt, all is gone, all is gone") comes a flowering of new hope and tentative optimism ("... the only new life will come with the rain, the seeds will fly in," "... please tell me ashes make for better soil" and (from "The Fire") "... now it's changing me, rearranging me and sustaining me"). Accept loss, let it become a part of you, look for the silver lining and keep going--good advice for dealing with any difficulties, big or small. Listen to this album during times of trouble, and let the music guide you on the path to catharsis. Other musicians contributing to "Entrances" are Frank Olsen on double bass, Frank Jackson on alto, soprano, sopranino recorders, Phil Heaven on viola and doumbek, Brian Cunningham on acoustic guitar, Marc Murray on congas and percussion, and Lydia's husband and co-producer Kurt Sherer on synth. For other deep, healing music, try "Garden of Ecstasy" by Kay Gardner, and anything by Bill Douglas or Singh Kaur. Lydia McCauley's next release, "The Beauty of the Earth," is more major and upbeat in nature.
Lucas | North West | 04/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lydia McCauley's new CD "Entrances" is truelyamazing. Her lucid volcals will echeo through your house. Lydia's hassome first class musicians that have mastered her intergraded songs. This is album is a must for anyone who loves music. Lydia has put 100% into this album, and it shows. She worked wih Kurt Schere to produce one of the best sounding CDs I have in my collection. Audio entuseiest will be very happy to own a copy."
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Lucas | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We had an opportunity to spend an evening listening to Lydia McCauley and her wonderful band at a recent concert. We had already purchased her earlier CD, Sabbath Day's Journey, and was familiar with her beautiful music. The concert highlighted the "Entrances" CD and we loved it from the moment we first heard it. From the hauntingly beautiful title track to the upbeat "Foggy Dew", you'll be impressed with the second offering from this very talented singer/songwriter."