Tia Knight

Blackwood

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From the eerie "Witches Brew" to the somberly elegant and striking "Loss," Tia Knight provides an intriguing range of ambient instrumentals with a medieval tone. "Bringer" opens percussively, with a pulsing beat that continues through the composition. "Vertigo" is another percussive exploration, this one in a more subtle, muted range, yet also with a catchy rhythm that will get listeners wanting to move. Then "Staircase" offers rising keyboard crescendos and horn fanfares, while "Sticks-n-Stones" explores a darker ambient sound that would make effective theme music for events portrayed in an ominous setting. In her description, the artist likens it to "black widows dancing across the moon." The harpsichord on "Raindance" is an effectively atmospheric touch. In all, Blackwood is an enjoyable debut for fans of ambient music, and will have listeners reaching for repeat play.

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