Kamal

Silhouette

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SILHOUETTE is the debut album from German-born, Australia-based composer Kamal. Known for his colorful use of keyboards and electronic drums, these songs can be enjoyed as background music or simply as a backdrop for meditation. Like many other selections, "Shakuhaji Tales" is very atmospheric and ethereal. On this piece, long, vaporous chords dot the landscape, while other keyboard effects mimic the sound of water dripping.

"Sundance" is much more upbeat and carefree. It features a keyboard flute, a funky rock beat, and assorted keyboard sounds which sparkle in the upper registers. For example, tiny bell chimes shimmer in between undulating flute phrases. In general, this song seems to hop in step like an indigenous Sundance itself. The last song "Goodnight" is more solemn. Again, a synthesized flute is used as the lead instrument and it is accompanied by washy keyboard strings. Despite the inorganic setting, this composition verges on neo-classical. One would guess that Kamal's training at the Robert Schumann Conservatory had a direct influence upon this piece.

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