Artist: Craig Padilla
Album: The Heart of the Soul

Released: 8 May 2012
Label: Spotted Peccary

The Heart of the Soul Craig Padilla
Spinning out a dozen or so great discs over the past several years Craig Padilla's lasting creations have always brought forth energies and memories of the independent spirit. From the epic sequencer powered cosmic excursions of Phantasma and Patterns of Thought to the deep enigmatic realizations of Vostock and The Light in the Shadow, Padilla's music has the ability to transport the listener - into the vast cosmos or the deeper inner realm. The Heart of the Soul (70'48") aligns more with atmosphere and moods felt on Genesis and Below the Mountain, without covering any of the same musical territory. In places The Heart of the Soul is quite tender. With its elegant piano, sweeping minor key melodies and synthesized orchestrations, feelings may well up in the midst of Padilla's emotional sonic renderings. Other tracks offer spellbinding accounts of forward motion as interlocking arpeggio patterns overlap in tumbling kinetic scenes. From a shy radiance to the confident design of contrasting textures and propulsive rhythms, these ten synthesizer fantasies reveal the inner workings of the composer - as we embark with him on another wonderful journey, this time to find The Heart of the Soul.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   3 May 2012

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