is a lady of impeccable musical taste. She’s also a writer, blogger, and friend. Here’s what she has to say about the new album (and yes, I’m still blushing).
ALBUM REVIEW & GUIDED TOUR - Novachild “Havia” - 11/29/11- by Angela Hail
I have been wandering through the varied terrain of Havia, the 7th studio album of musical artist Novachild
, for the past several days. This vast, sweeping vision of ambient electronica is easy to get lost in, and difficult to leave. The artist describes this latest work as “the soundtrack of an imaginary place
.” It certainly is that. A land of inspiration and yearning and adventure. I'd like to give you a guided tour.
The album kicks off with “Analog Revolutionary
,” a soaring testimony to all that is true and pure and fulfilling about being alive. This is the prize at the end of a journey, hard won and well fought. It is also the hope and adrenaline of a journey's beginning--that moment when you are about to step off the cliff to see if you can really fly. It is the moment of enlightenment and of connection to something greater . . . something larger and more real than anything you have ever experienced. And when you finally let go, you find that you are weightless.
Havia then sweeps you off into “The Grand Stream
,” which feels immediately like stepping into a gladiator's circle. This is where the story truly takes off, where the plot gets laid and the substance, the risk, is first realized. If this album were the story of an uprising, “Analog Revolutionary” would be the beginning spark of a revolutionary idea. “The Grand Stream,” then, would be the revolution itself. With huge swells of crowd chanting and pulsing rhythms along with an undercurrent of danger, you know just where you are. You've become a part of the flow, a part of the Grand Stream, and there is no turning back.
“Kiss that Baby
,” a little more fun and a little more chill, takes you to a place where perhaps you meet the master, the timeless one, who is at once beautifully, perfectly young and inconceivably old. This is one who will give you the knowledge you need to reach the next stage. You listen. You pay attention in a way you don't think you ever have before. Something in this moment is vital and you don't want to miss a single beat.
The master then takes you through the next track, a place known as “Ice Cold
,” where your new-found knowledge and skills are tested. Questions are asked and answered. The challenge is laid before you, with everything at stake.
And then you come, utterly alone, to “Cultivate the Void
”--a dark, rhythmic masterpiece
that feels at once heart-thumpingly primal, with its hand drums and otherworldly female voice (both urging and questioning, for what you do not know), juxtaposed against the supreme refinement of a jazzy horn section which transports you to a glittering ballroom complete with mambo dancers and laughing guests drunk on fine wine. “Cultivate the Void” is the most complicated of dreams. And as you awake in a fever-sweat, plagued by strange, disconnected images, you know it may be the most significant moment of your entire quest.
The next track, “Sleepytime
,” is the sound of peace and reassurance. All is not yet lost, young one. There is still hope. It is a flying unicorn of a tune, and yet it brings you back down to earth, to the womb, where you are loved and protected in a haven of soft light and sound.
Finally, in the cyclic nature of all good stories, Havia ends with “Our Pleasant Moments Fly
,” a tune that completes the journey by patting you on the back and then handing you your next mission. The village has been saved, you've won the battle, but the greater war rages on. It is time for your next great adventure. And, if you play this album on repeat, as I've been doing, “Our Pleasant Moments Fly” flows back into “Analog Revolutionary”--back to the beginning . . . and the end . . . and the beginning.
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