"He's not just a percussionist," seems to be the message Mino Cinelu is trying to convey on his eclectic first solo album after a lengthy career as an accompanist to jazz and pop stars. In that attempt, he steps out from his battery to sing, play guitars and flute, and to compose, arrange, program, and produce the music. The results range from the folk-rock feel of "Confians" to the South African flavor of "Chouval Boa" and the Latin sound of "See Yea - Salee Yea" (which will remind pop fans of Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)" ). But it takes nothing away from Cinelu's varied abilities to say that he is really a percussionist writ large on this album, one who has a fondness for nature (wind in "Moun Madinina," crickets in "Shibumi Dunes (Silk Road)" ) and unusual drum sounds (the latter a definitional characteristic of percussionists). Therefore, your level of interest in the recording will depend on how fond you are of percussion.
Amethystium is a music project created by Norwegian composer and producer Øystein Ramfjord, often featuring guest performers. Characterized by an atmospheric fusion of electronic and organic sounds, the music traverses a span of moods that includes both darkness and light, bliss and melancholy. It ranges from the purely relaxing to the subtly intense, invoking dreamlike and evocative musical journeys.