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Mosaic

by David Wahler

Lushly orchestrated soundscapes with an emphasis on evocative melody, each track a singular piece fitting perfectly into a complete musical mosaic.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Mosaic
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2. Afterain
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3. A Promise to Keep
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4. Child of the Universe
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5. August Cloud
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6. Elysian Dawn
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7. Heading Home
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8. Sakura
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9. Lone Sky Night
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10. Fou d'amour
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11. Why?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After 2016's "Becoming Bliss", a recording designed to aid in the healing arts and massage, David Wahler returns to a style of music similar to previous releases, such as "Spiritus" and "A Star Danced", emphasizing a strong sense of melody and a varied approach to keyboard instrumentation. Wahler has honed his craft on Mosaic to the highest level of his career so far, with production quality that rivals such artists as Kevin Kendle and Bernward Koch. "Mosaic" is gentle as a spring rain and soothing as a cool breeze on a summer day. Wielding a wide variety of keyboard, and interweaving nature sounds with surgical precision, Wahler executes one musical pirouette after another, with grace and beauty, coloring the eleven songs with a dash of whimsy, a dose of romance, and a generous sprinkling of the positive emotions that we all need more of in these troubling times. Take in the assembled sonic snapshots on Mosaic--refresh and be renewed.

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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
From the vaults of time I gaze back over the decades, and come across New Age music greats, like Medwyn Goodall, Phil Thornton, Nigel Shaw and of course Kevin Kendle; yes the latter half of the last century and the first part of the 21st, were the golden years of the New Age music genre for us in Great Britain, now some 20 years later and the internet connecting the entire world in ways we would never have imagined, how I wished I had of known about David Wahler then.
Wahler has a skill that is so redolent of those halcyon days of the new age music scene, and he fills the void that I have found recently, with a perfection of ambience that will ease the soul and calm the senses. From the very first track on the album you will find yourself transported to a place of musical peace and delight and the sumptuous title track Mosaic is such a wonderful place to start, with his magical keyboards, synths and some ethereal vocalisations, Wahler produces the perfect opener.
You will find elements of Kendle and Goodall here, yes, but Wahler stands out as his own man on this stunning new release; just take a listen to the sensual, Afterain. The keyboards almost take us right back to the late 90’s and that very slight use of natural sounds is simply ideal, this is a track that contains much magic within and one that also contains plenty of musical colour as well.
On A Promise to Keep, a narrative of an incredibly gentle nature can be found, one that took me back to the works of David Sun in energy and style. The soothing piano here is so tranquil and the repeating motif on keyboard is the gentle musical hand on the tiller, this is truly a piece of melodic love as you would ever wish to find.
It used to be hard to find really great New Age music recently, but in the last few years that scene has been slowly changing; now with Mosaic by David Wahler, the revival is in full flow. The reflective and deeply moving Child of the Universe is a prime example; this would turn out to be my favourite from an album that is spilling over with utter quality. The tempo is soothing and gentle, there is an inspirational energy about this track that raises the hairs on your arms, and of course it is true, regardless of everything, we are all children of the universe.
Taking a moment to reflect on the last tracks genius in motion, we now move to August Cloud and whilst listening to this I remembered a conversation I had with New Age star Phil Thornton, while talking about his track Casting Pearls, what he said to me that day is so very relevant to this piece in my opinion. Phil described his song as simply watching the white pearls of the Cumulus clouds drift past on a summers day, and that seems to sum up exactly for me the feeling I have when I listen to August Cloud from Mosaic.
I have to be honest here, I must have listened to this album 5 or 6 times in the past week in preparation for the review you are now reading and each time I did, I heard more, and each nuance expressed for me why this release is, and will be, one of the headline New Age albums of the century so far. Listen to the floating imagery that the composition Elysian Dawn creates, listen to the simply sun kissed vocalisations and natural sounds that manifest with ease, in this Eden like realm of utter beauty.
Heading Home is quite poignant as we are moving towards the end of the album, but Wahler has composed something not only yearning, but reflective and quite beautiful here. There is a slow but very sure sense of movement, one that seems to be so filled with love. One can feel through this track that a moment of reconciliation is nearing, and a sense of oneness will soon be achieved.
As we move deeper into the splendour that is Mosaic, we come across a simply charming piece called Sakura, which I believe is Japanese for cherry blossom. The soft and delicate performance here on keyboards is sublime and one that builds with such a creative gentleness, it’s simply blissful to musically observe the process as it occurs quite naturally, and at over six and a half minutes, this is the longest track off the album and to be truthful, if the artist had made it an hour long, he would still have held my attention, this is magnificent in all ways.
Now for something spacious and magical, as we arrive at the portal of the next track entitled Lone Sky Night. The New Age ethic in this one is strong, and Wahler’s skill set at drawing a narrative musically that completely relates to the subject matter of the title is sheer genius. One through this piece could imagine the stars slowly coming out over a landscape like Stonehenge. A track wonderfully performed with a sense of a vastness in the music that is simply incalculable.
We now arrive at the open window of the penultimate offering entitled Fou D’Amour which translates to Crazy in Love, which is what I am lucky enough to be in. One may draw a comparison with the early works of Kendle here, but that is done so out of respect for the amazing quality of the track. Wahler’s arrangement of this piece is superb; he creates lightness with the keyboards and combines a lush energy of utter happiness with each and every note played.
Sadly we move to the last offering of the album, I say sadly as I wish this experience would never end, but here we come across the final musical gift from the musician and it is called Why. You will find a carefully trodden performance at the beginning of this piece, as Wahler offers a sense of trepidation into the weave. One feels like they are walking through a mist filled oasis, the crafted nature of this track is completely clever as Why, is the only question that can never be answered, this ones up to you folks.
Mosaic by David Wahler is one of the finest examples of traditional New Age music this century with ease. The quality of production and perfect use of natural sounds is delightful and the rich tapestries of soothing keyboards have manifested a true winner of an album. We may draw many comparisons with other artists and albums from the past, but for my money, David Wahler and Mosaic will be an album that will obtain legendary status within the genre and finally give him the respect he deserves within this new global musical community that he should have.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
With "Mosaic," David Wahler returns to his lyrical “soundscapes that tell a story,” taking listeners on a warm and uplifting aural journey guaranteed to soothe, relax, and remove any of the rough edges of the day. Piano, keyboards and synths blended with occasional wordless vocals showcase the best of what “new age” music has to offer - beautiful sounds that offer the listener so much more than just entertainment.

Wahler has released six albums to date and has garnered a very impressive group of awards along the way. His 2009 debut, "Antiquus," and its follow-up, "A Star Danced," received the “Best Relaxation/Meditation Album” awards from Zone Music Reporter in 2009 and 2010, and Wahler was named “Best New Artist” by ZMR in 2009. His albums have been nominated for several other ZMR awards between 2009 and 2015. I’m sure "Mosaic" will add more items to this list of awards and honors!

David Wahler started playing the piano by ear as a young child before beginning formal lessons, earning many first place awards at state piano competitions. He later enrolled in the Berklee College of Music’s Electronic Music Production program and a new world opened up to him. I’m sure that Wahler’s understanding of classical music makes a strong contribution to the beauty and cohesiveness of his electronic compositions.

"Mosaic" opens with the title track, a piece that is made up of many diverse parts that the listener can tune into individually and then pull back from to get the full effect of how the many components work together. It’s a great start to the album and sets the tone for the music that follows. “Afterain” expresses the freshness of the world after a spring rain (I live on the Oregon Coast and am VERY familiar with this!!!). Light and delicate with the sounds of birds and small bell-like effects, this piece almost sparkles. “A Promise to Keep” has piano with gentle atmospheric instrumentation and voices that cast a magical spell. The simplicity of the melody is perfect and surrounds the listener with warmth and and a sense of well-being. “A Child of the Universe” features the angelic voices of The Pacific Boy Choir along with strings, piano and flutes (plus other sounds). This piece also has a very magical quality that evokes many visual images. “August Cloud” becomes much quieter and more hypnotic while remaining very warm and soothing. “Heading Home” is musical tranquility at its best, keeping it simple, elegant and enveloping (like a musical hug!). “Lone Sky Night” is somewhat reminiscent of the best electronic music of the late 1980’s and early ’90’s with the improved production values of today. It can be very difficult to name a favorite piece on an album this good, but this one has a slight edge over the others - I LOVE IT! I also really love the closing track, “Why?,” which could be a quiet meditation or reflection on any number of recent events that have elicited that question. Wahler obviously has a clear understanding that “less is more” in this case, creating a deeply emotional quality while keeping it simple and very direct.

I have loved all of David Wahler’s albums, but "Mosaic" is my favorite (so far) and I guarantee that it will be one of my Favorite Albums of this year. I give it my highest recommendation.
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