Mistral [1996]

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MISTRAL sees Australian composer, Kamal, expanding upon his previous work. However, his keyboard-heavy approach has now been augmented by the use of acoustic instruments including soprano saxophone, flute, recorder, and other non-electric instruments. Without a doubt, these acoustic instruments add charm and poignancy to Kamal's music. For example, songs such as "Pastures of Plenty" benefit from Praful Schroder's smooth-toned saxophone musings. Schroder even manages to throw in a few blues licks on this tune.

However, MISTRAL is still quite serene and pastoral. Plus, Kamal employs a variety of keyboard effects throughout. "Within A Rainbowed Sea" demonstrates Kamal's ability to create warm and fuzzy sounds with cold, synthetic instruments. For instance, the keyboard flute heard on this tune stands up well alongside Praful's real flute. In fact, it creates an interesting musical juxtaposition. The last track, "Ocean End" is nearly five minutes of pure ocean waves. This is a fitting conclusion to an album that ultimately seeks to bring peace and stillness to its listener.

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