New Age pioneer David Arkenstone has been making evocative instrumental music since the ‘80s, becoming one of the genre’s primary movers and shakers in the process. Over the course of his many albums, Arkenstone – who is influenced by classical music and progressive rock as much as anything else — has explored every spot on the dynamic spectrum, from larger-than-life orchestrations to more intimate-sounding, contemplative pieces, and Echoes of Light and Shadow definitely falls into the latter camp. The album was originally released in 2008, but has been made available to a wider audience with this 2010 reissue. Things kick off with “Secret on the Moors,” a soft, wistful track carried along by flute and gently swooping strings. A little more rhythm is injected into the equation with the syncopated percussion of “On the Wings of Innocence.” “Dark Star” drifts along at a more glacial pace, before “Illuminations” perks things up again with its world-music feel. Before the album is over, multi-instrumentalist Arkenstone has carried us through all manner of sonic settings, while still keeping things small-scale and engagingly atmospheric every step of the way.
Fuente: LimeWire Music Blog