Jos d’Almeida is a musician hailing from Setúbal, Portugal, who studied at the Regional Music Conservatory in the same town. d’Almeida has always been driven to music for electronic environments and created themes for live shows and advertising. During 2010 and 2013, Jos created his debut “Awaken”, of which the booklet states the cd is a second edition of the release.
The outcome is a 69-minute/24-bit recording offering a rich, vibrant and emotive pallet of symphonic sounds along some wordless vocal pads. It starts out in an ethereal fashion on the first two pieces, treading some tribal-flavored terrain on the energetic “Island of Maori” (that vaguely made me think of some Frank Van Bogaert) while flashes of old school Jarre come to mind on the gentle “Anna” and “Arrabidoo”.
The rhythmic-spiced “Space Orgone” airs a mélange of classic Software and Jarre. More sensitivities and a touch of romance surface on “Whales magic Dream” and “The Rain in “Tonel Beach”. The accessible atmospheric/melodic style continues on the remainder of the album, but I feel these come forward less strong. Besides an excellent, sparkling and spacious sound design, “Awaken” offers 12 evocative, mature tracks with a pleasant, dreamy flavor. Many EM aficionados will appreciate this stuff, I reckon.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Jos D’Almeida artist page
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