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MP3 Michael Valentino - Hymn to the Unknown

13 atmospheric, dark, and beautiful instrumental tracks which combine haunting piano melodies with heavy synthesized instrumentation.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (38:56) !
Related styles: NEW AGE: New Age, POP: Synth Pop

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Released six months after his debut Diary of a Libra, Michael Valentino’s Hymn to the Unknown is a more atmospheric, melodic, and technically superior album than its predecessor. While Valentino maintains that New Age/Score feel, he expands on it, creating a sound that is clearer, tighter, and far more appealing than on Diary. It opens with its beautifully calm and somber title track which puts the listener in a trance-like state and never lets go. Tracks such as the memorable swashbuckler “Starboard”, the Yanni-inspired and powerful “Valley of the Kings”, and the catchy-pop-synth driven “Sands of Time” (A remix off Diary) use distorted piano, synthesized keyboards, percussion, and vocals to create echoing, haunting emotions reminiscent of such breakthrough artists as Enya and Hans Zimmer, clearly his top inspirations. The piano work on here seems to set up mood rather than act as the driving force this time, which adds to our enjoyment. Tracks like the humbling and dark “Past Has Gone”, the dark but inspiring “Rain”, and the short and sweet “Contemplation” further the air of dark and moody mini soundtracks without overstating the piano sections. Valentino even experiments with new kinds of provocative layers and textures on tracks such as the ambient and groovy “Mansion II”, the eerie “Introitus”, the musical box nugget “Aurora’s Waltz” and the fast-paced and dreamy “Cumulus”. Overall, second albums usually showcase a musician’s artistic growth and maturity and Hymn to the Unknown appears to be a step forward. – William Harford Indi-sounds.

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