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Omtown / Higher Octave Music
(15 July 2000) The new album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
Kate Price is entitled The Isle Of Dreaming (Omtown (USA) OMCD 48526, 2000).
A long awaited followup to her previous album Deep Heart's Core
(Omtown Music (USA) 44859, 1997), the nine-track masterpiece is a natural
development from the artist's prior work which also includes her debut
The Time Between (Priceless Productions (USA) PP402, 1993). Categorised
correctly by the label as "a Celtic influenced fusion of exotic vocals, folk,
classical, jazz and ethnic music," Price contributes vocals and her typical
range of worldly instrumentals including hammered dulcimer, hummel and
harmonium. Arranged by Kate Price with Teja Bell, the featured artist is
supported by bevy of additional musicians and instruments. Album packaging is
stunning with the booklet including lyrics, comprehensive credits and lovely
World themes are evident in many of the album's tracks, primarily through
the string arrangements and non-lyrical vocal samples. Almost jamming
instrumentals and percussion add to mystical musical themes developed in
the epic length track "Voices Of My People." Melodies and supporting
harmonies on the album's more accessible tracks will hook folk
and new age enthusiasts. The lovely title track effectively blends an
exotic instrumental with a short and sensitive ballad-style vocal passage.
The string melodies and woodwind-sounding keyboard harmonies within the
instrumental tracks "Andalusia, "Kate Counts Eight" and "Lanxty
Almblade-Cruso" are highly memorable. Acoustic guitar and dulcimer
dominate the instrumental "Mystic Warrior" while vocal samples provide
a stunning backdrop to the melody as the track begins; vocals take over
as the track builds towards its conclusion.
The album's vocal-oriented numbers clearly demonstrate Kate Price's
evocative and sensual delivery, presenting her ability to gently soar
above otherwise folky themes. Her performance in "The Phoenix" is
especially enjoyable. Kate Price's vocal style is best compared
to Rachel Jones (Karnataka), although
allusions to Loreena McKennitt can also clearly be heard. Vocals
are echoed by whistle and other instruments in the upbeat Celtic
influenced track "Sea Of Silence." The album concludes with
"Beloved," a light folky ballad with Celtic influences spanning
the sweet and sensitively delivered vocals and calling whistle
parts. The vocal layering works quite well.
You can order Kate Price's The Isle Of Dreaming from amazon.com
and her earlier album Deep Heart's Core
Kate Price's music will appeal to those that enjoy Clannad, Enya and Connie Dover's
work. Her latest album, The Isle Of Dreaming is characterised by
its substantial depth, excellent production, and overwhelming attention to
detail. The collection of worldly themes within the instrumental arrangements
when coupled with Kate's stunning vocal work makes the recording worth a journey.
We certainly think it is a must listen!