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by Longing for Orpheus

This debut album features a lush combination of New Age-style Electronica and Neo-Classical composition, ornamented by voices and instruments from other cultures.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. To Feel the Rain
2:15 $0.99
2. Reflect
5:27 $0.99
3. Rise (for Cristina)
4:12 $0.99
4. Candle
2:17 $0.99
5. Valinor
5:52 $0.99
6. A Moment of Clarity
3:48 $0.99
7. Twilight of the Mind
4:00 $0.99
8. Dreams of Glory
2:53 $0.99
9. Edge of Morning
5:08 $0.99
10. Drift
3:45 $0.99
11. Departure
5:12 $0.99
12. Athar
3:23 $0.99
13. October Sleeps
2:45 $0.99
14. Legacy
6:49 $0.99
15. Release
4:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Austin's Longing for Orpheus imbues ethereal soundscapes with multicultural ambience. Gentle ethnic flourishes and steady, tribal beats will transport the listener to the exotic locale of their choice. One listen and you'll be longing for more.


The fifteen songs that compose the first Longing for Orpheus album feature layered synthesizers and piano, accented with the human voice and Irish whistles. The styles range from Celtic New Age (Athar), to Ambient (Reflect), to Neo-Classical (Release and the Sonata for Night cycle), to Tolkien-influenced epic (Valinor). Skye can be enjoyed as background music, providing a relaxing and soulful soundtrack to your daily life, or as a cathartic escape - an exploration of our shared search for (and creation of) purpose and meaning.


Longing for Orpheus, in both name and action, represents the search for beauty through music. While the project has had one member (Derek Smootz) thus far, collaborations with other, talented vocalists are on the horizon. See the Longing for Orpheus website for more biographical information.


While there is value in listening to music simply for its own sake, the best art offers layers of meaning. Longing for Orpheus has high aspirations - to promote a message that, while simple, can improve the quality of all our lives if taken to heart:

Live with Passion.



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Bev Royce

Oh this is sooo sweet, it's hard to put words to it, it's rather above all that. It's a luxurious journey to sink deep into. Thank you, Derek, for sharing your gift with us. I look forward to your next production.

Brian Douthit

To listen is to set aside every day affairs and slip into a world of sublime spl
To listen to the CD Skye by Longing for Orpheus is to set aside every day affairs and slip into a world of sublime splendor. This is a world of luxuriant electronic melodies blended with the diversity of World Music and rich Neo-Classical compositions. From calm and meditative pieces to awe inspring movements, each track is performed flawlessly and conveys such a unique and mysterious beauty. Intermingled with this beauty is a profound depth that can only come from the sincere and passionate expressions of the soul. Indeed, this is music created with great honesty. As each piece elegantly unfolds, the heart and spirit open to a magnificent and meaningful experience.

-Brian Douthit,
Eyes Of The Poet Radio