Friday, 31 May 2013

New Music Friday! - Michael E

It's our favourite day of the week again at Musical-Things - New Music Friday! Today, we are going to let our featured artist Michael E help us to transport you into the weekend by soothing away the stresses of the week. Read on...


As a child, Sheffield native, Michael E struggled with the classical music he was taught to play on the piano. At the time it simply did not resonate with him. It was only in the early 70’s with the Motown era that music began to speak to him in a more profound way. He joined various cover bands and toured the Euro/American Navy and Air force bases in Germany, Italy, Spain playing keyboards and percussion.

As a means to support his family and continue his love of music he continued as a solo pianist at home in Sheffield.

He also started composing his own music for solo piano at a time when the age of digital recording had not arrived. When it did, he realised he could complete a full arrangement, playing all the parts enabling him to conjure up wonderful sounds, haunting melodies and explore so many musical landscapes. Michael was well and truly hooked and it was almost like a new beginning for him. In 2006, Michael E was finally in a position to dedicate his life to the pursuit of his musical dream. When the chance came along he grasped it wholeheartedly and has never looked back.

What we think.

We at Musical-Things are very big fans of chill out/lounge/ambient music, so listening to the taster to Michael E’s Little Blue Planet was just a joy. This music is all about the aural atmosphere, effortlessly transporting you away from the physical into Michael E’s sound world. His mix of stimulating but unobtrusive percussion sets the perfect scene for all occasions – from listening on a stressful journey home from work to lounging in the garden on a sunny day with a glass of wine. With names like ‘Summer Song’, ‘Turquoise’ and ‘Breathe in breathe out,’ it is hard to resist being taken in to the titles, which are clearly reflected in the music.

There are beautiful acoustic piano moments in which it is difficult to avoid being drawn into the melody, as the strings seamlessly balloon behind it providing effortless support. These moments contrast well with the more ethnic inspired tracks, where tribal calls and vocals are blended with multi-layered electronic backings with bursts of acoustic instrumentation keeping it fresh and varied. Michael E uses a variety of instrumentation through out the album, from classical and jazz to more unusual natural sounds and ethnic instruments creating an amazing eclectic mix when combined with the electronic elements.

So what is our conclusion? You do not need to be a fan of chill out and ambient music to enjoy the music of Michael E. You cannot fault his precision and careful construction of peaceful harmonic spaces, which would entice even the most conservative listener. In his mix of everyday sound effects, subtle percussion, stereo mixing and production, Michael E has created a soundscape that you will find hard to escape from once you lose yourself in the tranquillity. But this is not uninspiring tranquillity where the listener’s brain becomes unengaged. Michael’s music merely provides the right musical environment to enhance the listener’s mental space and allows every aspect of the music to seep into the listener’s aural crevices.

Have a listen to the taster below and hear for yourself...

For more information on Michael E, check out his Soundcloud, Facebook and Myspace. Michael E’s album Little Blue Planet is available to buy on iTunes now.
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1 comment:

  1. I've recently discovered Michael e. and Oh boy, am I glad I did. I've been a fan and familiar with lounge/chill for a number of years and it's what I go to as my go to streaming background music at home... I found myself stopping a few times to check who the wonderful artist was I was listening to on compilations and it turned out to be Michael e more often than not. I switched to Spotify and listened his library...and to be honest, I've not found anything that gives me as much as this man does. He is exquisitely seamless, the layers of his artistry soothe me, makes me smile from the inside out, moves me to my core and on occasion has had me in tears. Thank you Michael e for sharing your wonderful gift with the world. The world needs to know your delicious, lush music. xo


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