chilled and relaxing grooves of Kelly Carpenter’s piano playing combine
elements of ambient rock with new age instrumental magic on his latest release,
Passage. The adventurous “Summer Rain”
takes on a life of its own with lush piano melodies and an ambient rock vibe
that is wholly instrumental. The quick and short keys resemble falling rain. “A
Distant Shore” seems more like an ode to Ireland with a pensive, yet emotive
violin solo that only lasts thirty-seconds. “Whom Have I But You?” contains
playful piano melodies and a little percussion to add some meat to the track.
The fluttering electric sounds merge into an electric guitar medley that
appropriately accompanies the piano. The rain and thunder noises of “Waiting”
are accompanied by solo, meditative piano. “Saying Goodbye” contains a rousing
and jazzy melody with light percussion and piano accompaniment with the
unmistakable sounds of an electric guitar. This is probably the most ambient
rock-type song on the album that encompasses a bit of blues and roots music
thrown in. “Ascent” opens with bird sounds and a fast-paced piano with light
percussion and atmospheric keyboards. “The View From Here” opens with spacey
noises, atmospheric washes, and sparkling piano sounds before a little
post-ambient rock guitar breaks the serenity. The last few tunes add a little
more rock guitar, but it does not detract away from the new age nuances
throughout. In fact, the rock guitar is a perfect addition to the instrumental
music. If Passage is a journey, his piano is the vehicle. Fans of solo instrumental piano, new age and ambient rock will love it.
Similar artists: Michele de Wilton, Danny Wright, and Al Conti.