Thursday, September 11, 2014

CD Review: Megan Chaskey's 'Naam Radiance'

Megan Chaskey
Naam Radiance
Heartways Music

Produced around the basic structure of Naam Yoga meditation, Naam Radiance is a collection of Sanskrit-soaked compositions that feature wistful sounds and glorious melodies that are transcendental and soul-soothing. Almost an hour of calming music is included on her new album. Her vocal delivery is delicate, purposeful, and amazing. Of course, there are South Asian influences, but there are also world fusion embellishments on guitar, bass, piano, percussion, celtic harp, and cello. Each song is meaningful on a deeper level, but they be easily enjoyed with passive listening. One need not be a yoga expert or practitioner to appreciate the multi-factoral songs. As a whole, the recording is light, airy, spacious, and pleasantly-delightful. Anyone with an interest in contemporary yoga music will love Naam Radiance. ~ Matthew Forss

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