“Mosaic” is the sixth album release from award winning recording artist and composer, David Wahler. Wahler, a former interior designer, is undeniably skilled at fitting various pieces together into cohesive, fluent form, whether it be in a room, house, a musical composition, or an entire album, as we discover here in the effortlessly flowing “Mosaic.”
As in any brilliant design, the best are the ones which are completely uncontrived. And although obviously well thought out and planned, there is nothing unauthentic or pretentious about this album. But design is only one part of the genius here. What really stands out on “Mosaic” are the nuances; the shades and subtleties, the textures, of percussion and electronic instrumentation artfully woven in and throughout the multi-layered compositions.
Simple, yet not to be mistaken for simplistic on any level, the melodies are peaceful and hypnotic with an “other-worldly” feel. The incorporation of The Pacific Boychoir, as well as other angelic sounding synth voices masterfully woven into many of the songs, accentuates the overall heavenly vibe.
The compositions are expansive and multi-dimensional in scope, intricate, rich and sophisticated at the same time. Each is its own glittering, shining piece that fits perfectly with all the rest.
“Mosaic” is eleven tracks, translating into one hour of quite compelling peace, tranquility, and relaxation. The album begins with the title track, “Mosaic,” which feels like an invitation to enter into another dimension. And we do so willingly. Entrancing and compelling with its rhythmic underlay, we are drawn immediately into a state of peace, tranquility, and ultra-relaxation.
Following is “Afterain” with its captivating rain forest-like feel. This is soft, spacious, and sparkling, with calming nature sounds and a luscious, enchanting feel.
One of my favorites on “Mosaic” is “Heading Home.” This song has a nicely defined piano melody interlaced with heavenly choir voices and rhythmic percussion elements. Divinely ethereal and sublime. Another not to be missed song is “A Promise to Keep,” which is my ultimate favorite. Like “Heading Home,” it also has an uplifting, defined piano melody. This one, done mostly in the upper registers, has a soothing lullaby quality to it. And again, heavenly voices mix in expertly with twinkling percussion giving it, as well, a distinctly ethereal quality that speaks directly to the soul. Supremely calming.
The album rounds out beautifully with the universal, often asked question, “Why?” This is an entrancing, compelling composition with a steady, percussive underlay and soft, ethereal vocals. The table is set then for deep contemplation and reflection long after the album ends.
I could gush on about the album, “Mosaic,” but I’m sure you’ll want to discover and explore all of its gems, jewels, and treasures for yourself. Suffice it to say that “Mosaic” is everything “New Age” music ought to be. And more. ~ Dyan Garris, for New Age CD.com Reviews
Buy “Mosaic” here: http://www.davidwahler.com/