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Album Review: Isalc"Li: A Love Odyssey
Anaya Music
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Isalc"Li: A Love Odyssey
Anaya Music
2019 / Anayamusic
41 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Isalc”Li: A Love Odyssey is a collection of seven original compositions (one piece has two movements) composed, arranged and performed by Anaya Music (Tania Mara Botelho). Quoting Anaya, the intention of this album is to “elevate our vibration and enhance Love to transcend inter-dimensional gates…This album has been created by inspiration and in Honor of my Grandmother Isalc"Li and her life as a healer.” The album has been described as “the best night's sleep without closing one's eyes.”

A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist as well as a composer, Anaya holds a Post-doctorate degree from Syracuse University and has worked for the University of Brazil and the United Nations as an Information System Specialist. Referring to her style as “Cosmic New Age,” the music on Isalc”Li: A Love Odyssey can be described as a hybrid of classical, symphonic and ambient genres. Lush strings make up a large part of the instrumentation on the album, which also features electronic and synth sounds and textures in addition to more traditional symphonic instruments and wordless vocals. Anaya has won many awards for her music internationally. A native of Brazil, she is devoted to elevating the human spirit through music, to fulfill a collective yearning shared by humanity for harmony, unity and balance.

Isalc”Li: A Love Odyssey begins with “Luminous,” a dreamy and ethereal piece that seems to float on air. Smooth and very ambient, it sets the tone for the blissful musical experience that follows. “Sacred Heart” blends angelic choral voices with light background instrumentation (mostly strings) and has the soothing yet powerful sound of voices singing in a large cathedral. “String Passion, Mov. 1” and “String Passion, Mov. 2” return to a more ambient sound with a full symphonic string ensemble and passages with choral voices adding tonal color. The two movements of this piece combine to total more than thirteen minutes, making “String Passion” a very soothing and dreamlike centerpiece for the album. As the title suggests, “Ethereal Love” is very calming with strings seeming to float on clouds of bliss. “Alethea” gently shimmers and sparkles with ambient choral voices and strings painting a sonic picture of a perfect serenity. “Dharma” has appeared on other albums, but this time Anaya added wordless vocals to the orchestral strings - haunting and very beautiful. “Breath” closes the album with a dreamy, heavenly piece written for strings, atmospheric keyboard and synth sounds, and other symphonic instruments. At this point, you should be completely stress-free and fully relaxed! If not, play this album again!

Isalc”Li: A Love Odyssey is available from Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and many streaming sites.
May 23, 2019
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