The Amnis Initiative – Distant Dreams

The Amnis Initiative - Distant Dreams

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The Amnis Initiative – Distant Dreams
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2010

The Amnis Initiative (which aims to excite the imagination, stir emotions and stimulate the brain with evocative, yet soothing instrumental music) is a one-man project by Dennis Lodewijks, an Eindhoven-based musician and huge Vangelis fan whose album “Distant Dreams” is his full-length debut. “Distant Dreams” is a concept album that deals with the constant drive of man to discover in search of the unknown.

The contemporary instrumental and highly cinematic music shows clear influences of Vangelis, which especially comes to the surface in the use of the string/choir pads and the warm solo voices. The orchestral / symphonic “Maiden Voyage” is very well done, therafter the music more turns into the smooth new-age direction (“Land of the Rainbow”, “Native Passage”, “Lament of the Living”). Fortunately, “The Vision”, “Midnight Sanctuary”, “Sail the Cosmic Ocean” and “Long Distance” return to the Vangelis-realm.

Overall, the well-tempered music feels like a comfortable blanket, accessible and at times even romantic. But at times it also drifts too deep into easy-listening territory, which makes its intrinsic magic disappear immediately.
At the end of the album, Dennis shows his playing skills on piano on the excellent executed “Distant Memories”.

All in all, I personally would have preferred Mr Lodewijks had sticked more to the “Vangelis-formulae” on this well-produced album.
The physical version of “Distant Memories” is available on Amazon and the regular online EM-stores, next to mp3 downloads through digital music stores like iTunes.



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