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Marc Allen ‘Breathe’: A Timeless Journey through Soothing New Age Soundscapes

Marc Allen and Sky Canyon’s album “Breathe” is a masterful fusion of piano-based melodies intertwined with elements of New Age, contemporary jazz, electronic, and drone music. We have a look at the collaboration between these two exceptional artists and their 1980 classic, which continues to be a pioneer in the realm of New Age Music.

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Along with being a pianist and renowned author and the co-founder of New World Library, Marc Allen brings his creative expertise to the forefront, while Sky Canyon, a multi-instrumentalist and accomplished composer, producer, and artist, adds his diverse musical roots spanning jazz, rock, classical, and more to the mix.

The album opens with “Medieval Mist,” an enchanting instrumental piano piece that evokes a sense of serenity and tranquility. The piano lines create a calming effect, transporting listeners to a serene glacial landscape. Throughout the album, the piano interludes, such as the one set to the nocturnal sound of crickets chirping, immersing the audience in a dreamlike ambiance, seamlessly blending nature’s essence with the expressive power of music. “One Earth” further captivates with its glassy piano tones and subtle xylophone accompaniment. The melodies resonate like a warm breeze, elevating spirits and creating an uplifting atmosphere. The precise piano expressions and voice-like cadence add an organic and heartfelt touch to the music, making it a timeless treasure.

What makes “Breathe” truly stand out is its ability to serve as a precursor to today’s lo-fi music. The album’s spontaneous creation imbues it with a soothing, relaxing trance-like quality, inviting listeners to explore their imaginations while being carried away by the magical soundscapes. Each track on the album paints vivid imagery, allowing one’s mind to embark on a journey of discovery and introspection. The closing track, the eponymous “Breathe,” is a mesmerizing piece that transcends boundaries, taking listeners on a captivating musical odyssey. The combination of Sky Canyon’s vibraphone and electric piano, along with Marc Allen’s skillful piano, results in a harmonious convergence of sound that sparks the imagination and conjures up emotions and memories from distant places.

Over the years, “Breathe” has been cherished by audiences across the globe. Its ethereal compositions have found a home on countless radio stations, while its tranquil aura has made it a beloved choice for massage therapists and yoga instructors alike. The album’s timeless appeal speaks to its enduring significance in the New Age music scene. Marc Allen and Sky Canyon’s “Breathe” is a masterpiece that continues to captivate listeners decades after its initial release. Combining piano-based melodies with New Age and jazz influences results in a deeply soothing and spiritually enriching experience. As you delve into the enchanting world of “Breathe,” you’ll find yourself carried away by its magical soundscapes, leaving behind the stresses of the world to embrace a moment of tranquility and inner peace.

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