“Near Life Experience” is the awesome debut-recording of multi-instrumentalist Kevin Bartlett, offering over 73 minutes of evocative instrumental songs in which influences of Mike Oldfield, Enigma, Peter Gabriel and progressive/symphonic rock can easily be heard.
The album kicks off with (my personal favorite) “Gayatri”, with a Celtic kindred melody before the haunting female singing comes in, followed by strong orchestral timbres, heavy bass tones and lovely wailing guitar.
A special note on the sound quality and engineering, which is breathtaking. In all, “Near Life Experience” is stunning cd featuring a complex palette of sound in which emotion plays an important role.
Make sure you don’t miss this one (headphones highly recommended)!