Joaquin Lievano


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Speaking of strings pushing through genre barriers, Joaquin Lievano takes a more spiritual tack to the electric guitar passport story on Ecologie, a veritable E-ticket adventure to the secret healing places on our fair planet. Lievano's blistering bursts of light added a potency to Zazen's high-minded electro-new age projects, but here he seems more intent on cool exotica, easy rhythmic structures and contemplative atmospheric stretches. All of which makes the collection a mixed bag, depending on the destination. His "African Adventure" spins us furiously through the jungle and a swirling "Scottish Highlands Melody" prompts us to darn our tartans, but more often, he and his guitar reflect on the magic of sunrises, sunsets and the quieter miracles around us. Crystal keyboard washes are as common as percussive swells. He and producer Rama, however, create some of the most hypnotic slow jams this style of spirit music has ever seen. Miramar's expertise is in the glamorous marriage of music and nature videos; in lieu of a tie-in tape, the best bet is to put this on, reach back into some glorious twilight memory and enjoy the air rushing around you.

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