Monday, August 4, 2014

CD: Akasa - Portal

Akasa
Portal

Return to our Innocence 4:30 Ameno Amen 4:26 Sahara Rising 4:36 Diamond Cor 4:32 Hero’s Journey 4:00Sky Children 4:59Albo Rosa 5:54 Paradise Reborn 4:14 Let us Be 4:15 Memory of my Star 4:30Ave Maria 5:27Magic of Your Love 4:37


I’d have to say this is one band that I strictly wanted to review because the name sounded intriguing. I really hope I don’t feel let down. Return to our Innocence, starts and all I can think is wow I can really pick ‘em. I have to thank Lucy so much for these headphones. They are the perfect kind to get that crystal-clear sound, sit back, crank it up, and enjoy. And, that’s what is needed for this first song.
Ameno Amen, is another one of those songs. It’s very digitalized, very synthesized so far it’s a different day and now that I’m not about to go to sleep it sounds a bit different. I still like it yet the title seems a bit of a turn off. If I wanted to pray I’d go to church, and I wouldn’t be caught dead in one of those places. A hangover killing Bloody Mary is a much better idea for a Sunday morning.
Sahara Rising, to me sounds a bit like the same thing. This time it’s different, at first it sounds like someone is drowning a drunken kangaroo after they hit it over the head with a bat; absolutely no actual audible words. Oh now the singing begins, no wait a minute someone has figured a way to strap a chicken to a piano and fly it on a kite during a hurricane.
Diamond Cor, first let me be fair. It starts off slow then again I guess it’s supposed to be a mixture of languages. Everything is synthesized and digital. I guess it’s supposed to have a Middle Eastern feel. Now, for my advice whoever filmed this video should be fired. I mean seriously what do three butch looking wannabe punk rockers have to do with little girls. Is this some way to say, “We are coming to take your children?” A teenager should have never been put in charge of this, and I’m not even saying I like it. The little swords and swordfight between the one older girl and the little girl is by far the worst thing I have ever seen.
You may ask who gave me the right to be able to put something like this down. Well, I wound up on Atlantis on a pyramid with a special shaman stone that the great goddess Ariel gave me. Oh did I forget to tell everyone she was a mermaid with mystical powers. And, then she gave me this special golden keyboard with a screen that she called The Magical Key – Board. So I touched it with my fingers and all of a sudden I saw a light that covered me. The light told me I was now an amazing sorcerer named Merlin. Then, I received special glasses so I could see clearly. I was also given a power called math, and knowledge. With that special math gift I made a calculation. I am forty years old. I spent ten years of my life in Taiwan. I have been back in the United States for over a year. My wife is Taiwanese. So therefore she either left Taiwan when she was seven or younger or she is a great deal older than forty. I didn’t hear any Chinese or Taiwanese in any of the songs I listened to. So why, on the website is this promoted as being such a big part of this.
I would suggest that next time instead of looking like a complete fraudster feeding off the youth and their naivety that you may as well just say, “I was born in Taiwan and raised in California where I developed an interest in New Age Music.” It would come off a lot better. The worst part about it is if all the B.S. was gone and her voice was actually given a chance without the excess reverb, the unnecessary drums, the heavy digital bass, and all of the overlying tracks I may have a totally different outlook. But, you got to remember first impressions count. I mean there was really no need to name drop all of those names on the site. That video was horrendous. And even on Ave Marie, which really showcases her vocal talent has it way overdone in the production.


For Country Music News International by Jeremy Frost



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