From the Best New Age Artists

Review of Urban Metta Vol. 1 by Anaamaly

A Masterpiece of Zen

At first glance or listen, one might perceive the album, “Urban Metta, Volume 1,” by Anaamaly (otherwise known as Phoenix based recording artist, Phil Strickland), as “just another New Age relaxation album.” Far from it. Reminiscent of Steven Halpern’s sound healing work, here in “Urban Metta, Volume 1,” we have this same kind of multi-dimensional healing music, carried up a few notches, and evocative of a contemporary, innovative, 21st century Zen. In fact, the whole album is so Zen, it may even redefine the word “Zen.”

Sophisticated in its amplitude and brilliantly produced, the best experience of this album is through headphones or earbuds. This allows you to pick up on and take in all of the intricately woven beats, subtleties, and nuances that are essential to this experience.
A journey through dimensions, each song is an “I am” kind of affirmation, a mantra; a multi-dimensional mantra that awakens a vivid soundscape in the listener.

Track 6, “I Am Grateful For,” is my favorite track on the album. Here we have soothing strings and elements of electronica, developing into a light, exquisite melody, and ultimately melting into an ultra-gorgeous soundscape to get lost in. And this is right in the middle of the “urban,” the beat which never gets obscured throughout the entire album. We know it’s there. We are aware of it through the subtleties. Yet one can literally feel their own oneness, and at the same time a sense of being connected to all. Yes, very “Zen.”

My second favorite track on “Urban Metta, Volume 1,” is track 7, “I Am Lighthearted. “ This is a spatial, otherworldly track that put me in the “zone” straight away. You feel like you’re in space. You’re light and floating free, yet not lost by any means. This sense of “light,” or “being light,” interestingly, is experienced in multi-dimensional ways. For example, while I was listening to this track, I felt as if the room was filled with little particles of light. And you have a sense at the same time that maybe you can see the light or maybe you are one with the light. I like it. Very relaxing.

unspecifiedI actually love the whole album, but another particular favorite is track 10, “I Am Surrounded by Abundance.” This is the Universe breathing; you breathing it, it breathing you, everything everywhere breathing as one. Completely capturing the spirit of “abundance,” this is lush, expansive, multi-layered, effortless, and complex all at the same time. I could feel this soundscape opening right in the center of my heart chakra.

“I Am Healed on All Levels,” track 11, the last track on the album, is expertly mixed with high and low spectrum electronica, tones, and beats. The soothing sound of a soft shower or rainforest coming in right at the opening paints a tranquil diorama in which all is well. All is as it should be. And it is.

“Urban Metta, Volume 1” is so deeply relaxing, I wouldn’t recommend playing it while driving a car. From the opening notes, it invokes a deep, trance like state of well-being. A masterpiece of Zen, it is certainly perfect for relaxation, meditation, yoga, and of course, peaceful slumber. “I am” enthralled.  ~ Review by Dyan Garris for  New Age CD.com

Similar posts
  • Michele McLaughlin | Memoirs | Album ...Memoirs by Michele McLaughlin Album Review by Dyan Garris for Zone Music Reporter and New Age CD.com To be in love is a good place to be. To be in love with life is a good place to be. To be able to paint amazingly vivid musical soundscapes from a blank canvas no matter where [...]
  • Perpetual Motion | Dance of Two Souls...“Dance of Two Souls” by Perpetual Motion Album review by Dyan Garris for Zone Music Reporter and New Age CD.com “Dance of Two Souls” is an exotic, ebullient album, overflowing with the joy of life. _____________________________ “Dance of Two Souls” is the first album from the duo Perpetual Motion in ten years. Their seventh album [...]
  • Ed Blumenthal |The Late Train Home | ...The Late Train Home by Ed Blumenthal Album review by Dyan Garris for Zone Music Reporter and NewAgeCD.com “Warm and intimate, ‘The Late Train Home’ is a thoughtful, evocative, album that soothes the soul, relaxes the psyche, and gives us pause for deeper reflection upon our journey.” There are so many windows in life. What [...]
  • Juliet Lyons | The Light Within | Alb...“The Light Within: Songs for Yoga, Healing, & Inner Peace” by Juliet Lyons Album Review by Dyan Garris for Zone Music Reporter and NewAgeCD.com ____________________________ The harmoniously melodic light from this phenomenal album gently pours out onto us, filling us to the brim with love. ____________________________ On the long-running TV series, “Touched by An Angel,” [...]
  • Dan Palladino | Pastoral Memory | Alb...“Pastoral Memory” by Dan Palladino Album review by Dyan Garris for Zone Music Reporter and New Age CD New Jersey based Dan Palladino is a guitarist, vocalist, improvisational composer, and music instructor. “Pastoral Memory” is his first “New Age” ambient release, but not his first album. Dan is a multi-instrumentalist who started playing guitar at [...]

No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Chapters – The Debut Solo Piano CD by Stephen Wallack

NEW AGE CD’S OF NOTE

AUM 432 by Paradiso and Rasamayi In the Soft Light of Grace by David Nevue Voice of the Ancestors by Grayhawk Adrift in Wonder by Robert Linton Agape Evolution: The Movement by Paradiso & Rasamayi Grace from Persistence by Christopher James A Garden of Invited Flowers by Richard Bone Quiet-Spaces-Cover-Art-Ann-Licater-1500x1500-300-dpi-JPEG-Final-9-27-18 Eleon: Dreams Beyond Terra 61q6QIrWaXL._SS500_ Reach by Jeff Oster Liquid Mind XII Peace 614juUaaUcL._SS500_ Beautiful You by Matthew Mayer A New Dream by Lynn Tredeau Spectrum by Ryan Farish An Orphan's Dream by Anwaar Ali Twilight Serenade by Peter Sterling Mystic's Nine by Dyan Garris Soloelektronika by Everpresent Abendromen by Tom Eaton Dividing the Darkness by Steve Rivera Beyond Words by Dan Chadburn Zen & the Piano by Kourosh Dini Sands of Time by Logical Drift In the Midst of Stars by Majestica Scattering Stars by Michelle Qureshi Eterna by David W. Donner Between Shadow and Light by Neil Patton Keepsakes in the Attic by Jeff Bjorck Journey: A Steven Samler Project Follow the River Home by Jeff Pearce Safe in your Arms by Scott Cossu Dark Orchard – Blossom by Jim Casson

NEW RELEASE FROM ROBERT LINTON

Adrift in Wonder

GET ADRIFT IN WONDER HERE

Grace from Persistence by Christopher James



Cinematography and Direction by Cypress Jones. Co-directed by Keishawn Blackstone.

SEE OUR REVIEW OF GRACE FROM PERSISTENCE HERE

BEST NEW AGE CDS 2018

Music Video – IMA Award POP VOX Winner – New Age Song Category – “Mystic Sea”

Buying links below: Mystic's Nine album (and for the song Mystic Sea) available here:
  • Amazon
  • iTunes
  • Spotify
  • CDBaby
  • Bandcamp

  • Follow Dyan Garris here:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • Official Artist Site