December 3, 2016 – Pillars of Light Music Releases “Gazing Into Infinity” by Harlan Mark Vale.
This is a double album clocking in at over 104 minutes and 15 tracks of music. This audio journal tome documents the time from March 20 – May 26 of 2016 with track 1 being the first song I wrote after coming out the front door of the hospital 12 days later. It was produced using Pro Tools and an East/West Composer Cloud subscription. There are some powerful moments here that, like life, are not for the squeamish. But I feel there is also a profound beauty that resonates through this project that is unlike any other album I have ever done.
Harlan Mark Vale – INVISIBLE INK FROM THE THINK BOTTLE: If that album title doesn’t capture your curiosity, you’re a dead cat already, to be sure. As frequent readers here know, Mark is a very prolific artist and long-time playing friend of mine who gets reviewed here often for his drawings from the well of creativity – and in his case, as evidenced by tunes like the percussion-driven “Hunting Snakes“… the little “sneaky” vocal snippets will definitely remind you of your last encounter with the slimy ones (lol). If you’re looking for something a bit more bright and inspiring to listen to, you’ll totally dig “Nostalgia Airport“… simple, yet beautiful. The key thing about his new release, though, is that there are no “pigeonholes” to shove his creations into… you’ll hear on the slow-paced “Country” that he’s totally talented in a variety of styles. My personal favorite of the fifteen “invisible” sonic creations is the 6:54 closer, “Emotional Algebra“… yes, there are moments when it’s complex, but if you keep your thinking cap (and your headphones) on as you listen to this, you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of true musical genius. Mark gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from these old ears, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fabulous music. Get more information and purchase this CD at Mark’s Bandcamp page for this release. Rotcod Zzaj