Alcioner, Infinite Blue

cdfront01_album.jpgNew age music exists in a strange little world where everyone talks about “infinite possibilities” or “harmony in the universe” or, specific to Alcioner, “learning with sweat and blood the entire magnitude of her own wind’s creation.” These are supposedly the concepts behind the dramatic instrumental music, usually created by one person with a stack of keyboards and random world percussion. That’s a lot of baggage to have to overcome, and if you’re not predisposed to liking new age music, Infinite Blue is not for you. Wander elsewhere, my child. The music you seek is not here.

But if you do like new age music, and “her own wind’s creation” doesn’t phase you, then give Infinite Blue a chance. There are plenty of genre clichés here — swelling chords under faux classical melodies and plodding programmed drums. Songs that push the boundaries between a relaxing trance and boredom. But within the traditional conventions of the genre, there are also more thoughtful arrangements, and the songs themselves are generally well-played and well-produced.      

Even in his more serene moments, Alcioner tends to write busy, counterbalancing lines and themes. Sometimes this works, sometimes it works against him. There are two basic lines of melody in “Angelus” — a quickly arpeggiating piano and a more languid synthesized hornpipe — and the sections are divided by a skittering programmed beat that drops in and out, rather than variations in movement. And there are some pretty piano melodies underlying some of these pieces (“Infinite azul,” “Lulubel”). But these are sometimes obscured by the noise around the edges, the soft science fiction soundtrack buzzing in the background.      

Infinite Blue provides the proper RDA for any new age fan looking for mid-tempo melancholy. And if that doesn’t sound like the perfect rainy day soundtrack, trust your instincts and move on.    

Words By: Nick A. Zaino III

[Rating: 2/5]

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