“Pathway to the Heart” by Spadei
What do you get when you combine a relaxing spa day with psychedelic rock? Easy. You get Spadei. The “supergroup,” Spadei, consists of veteran musical talents Wally Ingram, Tom Freund, and Stevie Blacke. Here, in their debut relaxation album, “Left Right Here,” with Six Degrees Records, they’ve set out to reimagine “spa” music. Finding most of it rather boring and repetitive, both therapeutically and musically they wanted to create something that elevates the mood and relaxes the psyche, mind, body, and spirit, but at the same time with a mildly psychedelic, Rock ‘n Roll vibe. They’ve succeeded mightily.
The trio’s impressive list of musical credits is enough to make even the most already chill person sit up and take notice and includes some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry: Bonnie Raitt (that “unknown blues singer”), Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Cher, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, JJ Cale, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Colvin, Blues Traveler, Crowded House, Snoop Dog, Elton John, Pink, Rihanna, Elvis Costello, KT Tunstall, Dave Matthews, Diana Krall, and so many more. I could go on and probably fill the page with these, but you get the picture, I’m sure.
I was asked to review a track from this album, “Left Right Here,” but without a doubt, you will want to get the whole thing. There are more than just a few things that make this album special, but to name a few, the production is completely stellar (Joby Pritzker). As well, the tempos of the tracks are set to correspond with one’s resting heart rate. So, intrinsically you’re effortlessly vibing with it. And here’s a novel idea in this day and age: They all went into the studio together to record. It wasn’t done remotely and pieced together later. Kudos to that.
The track, “Pathway to the Heart,” which we are addressing here, gently opens the heart channel from the very first notes. Beautiful guitars and an absolutely gorgeous wood flute melody line, along with subtle percussion bring immediate stress relief. I love that this is almost 8 minutes in length, too, as it gives one time to just fully relax into the serenity. You will find yourself mesmerized, “tranquil-ized” and listening to this piece over and over again. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a “Spadei.” Wonderful and incredibly calming.
Get it here: https://spadei.lnk.to/leftrighthere
Pathway to the Heart Credits:
Wally Ingram – Bell Chimes, Bamboo Dumbek, Conga, Bongo, Shakers
Tom Freund – Bass, Acoustic and electric guitars.
Stevie Blacke – Electric Guitars, Strings
Joel Harper – Wood Flute
David Immergluck – Pedal Steel
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