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Album Review: Follow the Mist
Stephen Peppos
Cover image of the album Follow the Mist by Stephen Peppos
Follow the Mist
Stephen Peppos
2008 / Sonic Bear Music
58 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Follow the Mist is Stephen Peppos’ follow-up to his debut solo release, Vertigo, which was released earlier this year. The music on the new album is a bit more peaceful and soulful, but this is definitely not “snooze” music. The fourteen tracks are a fascinating and eclectic mix of musical styles, orchestrated and performed by Peppos on a variety of keyboards in his private music studio, affectionately called “The CaCoon.” One track features two vocalists, but otherwise, it’s all Peppos, an award-winning composer whose music has been heard around the world and featured in many high-profile television productions. Peppos’ music incorporates an array of musical influences, blending jazz, new age, classical, and pop influences into an original sound that is both complex and accessible. Peppos has been creating music in the background for a lot of years, and it seems that the time has finally come for him to shine in his own right.

The title track begins our magical journey through “the mist.” Strings, light percussion, piano, and an assortment of other instruments and sound effects create a serene and sensual atmosphere. “The River” is a beautiful piano piece with jazz touches here and there. This is a peaceful river that meanders on its path yet conveys an underlying sense of power and strength. Strings enhance the gentle flow. “Sunrise” is also mostly piano, conveying the warmth and optimism of a new day, full of endless possibilities. “The Image” goes a bit darker and is more orchestrated. Mysterious, shimmering, and very atmospheric, it’s one of my favorites. I also really like “The Gift,” with its sense of anticipation mixed with magical swirls and sparkles. “The Search” takes us into vast darkness and deep space, floating along, catching flashes of light and color as we go. “Bird of Paradise” is exotic and sensual. The sounds of flowing water, a female voice in the background, and a strong rhythm provide natural refreshment on our journey. “The Valley” is a gorgeous piano piece that paints a vision of a lush, peaceful landscape . “The Find” is another favorite, with its delicate, melancholy melody that overflows with longing - a beautifully cinematic piece! “Angel Talk” picks up the tempo and lightens the mood a bit while remaining mysterious and moving forward - love it! The buoyant and upbeat “Take Me Away” features vocals by Susan Yates and Kaitlin Daneille. Our colorful journey comes to an end with the lovely “Canon in G,” a wistful, dreamy piece that leaves us with a contented smile.

Follow the Mist should firmly establish Stephen Peppos in the upper echelons of contemporary instrumental music. Visit his website at stephenpeppos.com. The CD is also available from amazon.com, cdbaby.com, and iTunes.com. Highly recommended!
August 20, 2008
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