Michael DeLaFleur | Cyclone

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by Michael DeLaFleur

Thoughtful guitar-based instrumentals that blend a little techno, alternative, sampling and looping with riff rock and progressive rock into sound pictures that can keep your brain occupied 110% or serve as a perfect backdrop to your adventures.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dance
0:57 $0.49
2. Hi Volume
4:03 $0.49
3. Cyclone
4:26 $0.49
4. Orange Sky
5:49 $0.49
5. Peace Maker
4:25 $0.49
6. Boom!
3:26 $0.49
7. The Dragon Awakens
6:33 $0.49
8. Blue Ridge Sunrise
3:23 $0.49
9. Maxifunkilicious
3:17 $0.49
10. Kitty Mama Theme
3:29 $0.49
11. Intuition
4:25 $0.49
12. I Didn't Inhale
9:47 $0.49
13. Tidal Forces
6:03 $0.49
14. Just for Fun
1:15 $0.49
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Album Notes
Cyclone is my second collection of instrumental songs. Like my first CD (Realization, released 2009), this one is great music to take for a drive in the car, full of sound pictures that can keep your brain occupied 110%, or exist as a perfect background soundtrack to your adventures.

Cyclone has various musical winds spinning around its eye, blending a bit of techno, alternative and a DJ’s sampling and looping mentality with riff rock, progressive rock and even disco. My middle-aged white guy rock roots are augmented with a little of the “modern”, at least from my scans of the XM Radio dial. I love the challenge of writing instrumentals, and the requirement to keep the listener constantly engaged with interesting performances, arrangements and musical textures that are both unique and familiar.

Why the “cyclone” theme? My son had (and still has) a great interest in hurricanes and weather, and our home is full of books and posters of them. So this one way for me to remember that part of our lives. I think the music fits the theme also – powerful and somewhat unpredictable at times, with moments of calm interspersed.

Some of these songs were partially written a long time ago, and some were created for this album. Parts of Orange Sky and Hi Volume were constructed in the mid 1980s, when I was in college. Dance and Just for Fun were songs created in 2006 while recording songs that would end up on my first CD. Maxifunkilicious and its “Hey Bulldog”-like riff is a tip of the hat to the Beatles tribute band I’m in (www.glassonion.info). Kitty Mama Theme is for my wife, the neighborhood “cat lady”.

It is a great time to be a musician and recording artist. With a minimum of fuss and expense, one can write, arrange, record, master and publish music to a worldwide audience. The real challenge is to reach the people who want to hear it. If just one person enjoys one or all of these songs, and makes them a small part of their life, then this is worth the effort. I welcome and look forward to your feedback. Enjoy and God Bless!

Michael DeLaFleur



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Mike D.

Cyclone - a great follow up effort
"Cyclone" is Michael DeLaFleur's second collection of instrumental songs. It is great music to take for a drive in the car, full of sound pictures that can keep your brain occupied 110%, or exist as a perfect background soundtrack to your adventures. Like a cyclone, the music is powerful and somewhat unpredictable at times, with moments of calm interspersed. "Cyclone" has various musical winds spinning around its eye, blending a bit of techno, alternative and a DJ’s sampling and looping mentality with riff rock, progressive rock and even disco. Diverse influences from Moby to Yes to REM to Steve Hackett meld into something completely new yet intimately familiar.

Rhonda Readence

Michael DeLaFleur, who writes all his own material, plays all the instruments, and recorded and engineered the album Cyclone, is out to prove to the music world that he is a master of his domain. All the proof anyone needs is contained in his 14-track sophomore album titled Cyclone, a brilliant instrumental soundscape of relaxation, serenity, and tranquility.

The album begins with “Dance,” a 54-second track with a funky vibe that is a nice introduction to Michael DeLaFleur and the sound he has created. The opening track rolls smoothly into “Hi Volume,” a beautifully composed piece of melodic instrumentation. The sound is exceptionally clear and precise, and if this track is any indication of the sound quality throughout, listeners are in for a treat. The title track, “Cyclone,” opens with the soothing sounds of a thunderstorm and then bursts into magnificent guitar playing that showcases Michael’s diversity. Heavier riffs that bring to mind Black Sabbath are coupled with flowing melodic hooks that defy categorization. The song builds in intensity much like a cyclone does, until it ends with the graceful sound of falling rain.

“Orange Sky” carries a melody that is hauntingly familiar, yet one would be hard pressed to put a finger on exactly what it is reminiscent of. With a sense of familiarity and tranquility, this piece is comfortable and warm. Michael’s piano playing is light and confident, the instrumentation is flawless, and the sound quality is absolutely inspiring. While listening to this piece, it is entirely possible to feel completely relaxed and whole. “Peace Maker” also has a sense of familiarity to it, as if it is an old favorite, even to listeners who are hearing it for the first time. There is a melancholy feel that will tug at the heartstrings, but at the same time, it offers a sense of confidence and strength. This track can actually be an exercise in mediation, if listened to with eyes closed and an open mind. “Boom!” begins with an extraordinarily melodic rhythm that will remain in the head for hours after hearing it. One of the most intricate pieces on the album yet with regards to sound quality, this one will surely be a fan favorite. “Boom!” is beautifully addictive and hauntingly creative.

Cyclone spins onward with “The Dragon Awakens,” a track that feels a bit out of place on this album and not as pleasing to the ear as the preceding offerings. The bass line is slick, the musicianship and sound are incredible, but one must wonder if the vocalization is necessary. At times it seems to be a bit much, and at others it is the perfect touch. Perhaps Michael needs to pick and choose where to add the vocals and where to remove them. Overall, the piece is melodic and inspiring with a relaxing rhythm that has a spiritual essence about it. “Blue Ridge Sunrise” speaks of the mountains that Michael DeLaFleur grew up looking at in Front Royal, Virginia. A beautiful piece of the country that inspires a beautiful song, “Blue Ridge Sunrise” encompasses nature’s gifts and Michael’s own into a pleasing harmony of expertly played guitar and incredible composition. A song that allows the mind to journey into the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains as the sun graces the day, this piece is another wonderful example of music that could be used to enter a higher state of consciousness through the art of meditation.

“Maxifunkilicious” starts off just as the title suggests: with maximum funk. It’s got a beat with attitude that will get the feet tapping. As usual, the sound quality is stellar and this tune has a bit of jazz, some soul, and all funk. “Kitty Mama Theme” is an odd one. Listeners with cats will love this track, and perhaps so will their cats. Excellent instrumentation is coupled with the meows, purrs and mews of cats and kittens. It’s rather cute and cuddly with a catchy, happy beat that will bring smiles. “Intuition” is another signature Michael DeLaFleur masterpiece with incredible sound production, excellent musicianship and precise composition. This piece flows exceedingly well and showcases Michael’s talents as writer, composer, musician and engineer. Well done.

“I Didn’t Inhale” carries a sense of humor with sound bytes of Bill Clinton’s famous line. For the stoner in all of us, this psychedelic offering will bring a twisted smile to the face. Michael does a fantastic job with the loops and samples in this piece. It is intricate and there are many layers to this song that sit beautifully, one atop the next. This piece is art, pure and simple. “Tidal Forces” picks up the tempo a bit and there is a spectral feel to this one. Michael’s flair for the dramatic comes forth in this track as the rhythm rises and falls and then rises again. He keeps it all moving smoothly and this is yet one more example of the artistic creativity harbored in the mind of this musician.

Cyclone closes with “Just For Fun,” a slower tune with some Santana-like guitar work that will leave listeners in awe. In Michael DeLaFleur’s bio, he states, “he can’t sing well but that hasn’t stopped him yet.” What Michael DeLaFleur does do well is write and compose music, play every instrument that needs to be played, and engineer and produce some of the finest sounding music in the world today. With talents like that, being able to sing suddenly doesn’t seem all that important after all.