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Spring Begins

by Muses9

Dance, romance, rhythm, trance: enjoy this newest exploration into music you can feel!
Genre: Pop: New Romantic
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1. Angel
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2. Easy to Love
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3. How About
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4. Lonely
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5. Cat and Mouse
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6. Maybe
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7. More
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8. Prelude
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9. Spring Begins
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Imagine the perfect hybrid of ABBA/Enya/Sade and you have the award-winning Muses9!
Spring Begins is the second album in the Elements Trilogy from Muses9.
From the very first track (Angel) you are transported with music that embodies the hope of Spring and variance of Love.
Enjoy!

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Spring Begins" is Part 2 of the "Elements Trilogy" by Muses9 (formerly 9Muses). The first album was originally titled "Feel to Heal" (2008), but was retitled "Fynrien’s Dream" and re-released in 2013. I can find very little information about Muses9, but the music on "Spring Begins" is much more pop than new age, and all of the nine tracks are vocals with a variety of instrumentation. The lyrics are very poetic and are of a more mature nature than most pop ballads. The vocals sound like they were all sung by one woman, and her voice is earthy and very expressive. Most of the music, lyrics and production are by Muses9 and the beautiful cover artwork is by Jonathon E. Bowser. Five of the nine songs were produced with Byron Shakespeare and the production quality of the whole album is top-notch.

"Spring Begins" opens with “Angel,” a compelling love song with a strong, almost hypnotic beat. Dark and somewhat mysterious, this is one of my favorite tracks. “Easy to Love” is quite a bit more pop with a driving, danceable beat. “How About” becomes more seductive and intense with powerful bass and percussion. “Lonely” goes in the other direction with beautiful guitar and subtle background strings as well as poignant lyrics about the emptiness of being alone. The upbeat and exhilarating music on “Cat and Mouse” is by Igor Pogosyan and almost dances out of the CD player. The catchy lyrics by Muses9 are sung in a call and response style that bounces from one speaker to the other - really a fun piece and another favorite! “Maybe” features powerful drums and percussion by Koorosh Daryaie and lyrics that express the idea that “less is more.” The vocals on “More” are layered and backed by electronic instrumentation. “Prelude” begins with a long instrumental intro that is more classically-styled than the other pieces with strings, keyboard and a quieter mood. The second half of the piece is a beautiful love song with a cinematic/soundtrack feeling. The title track closes the album with a wistful, dreamy song with lyrics by Algernon Charles Swinburne.

So, if you enjoy vocals with strong, poetic lyrics and upbeat, danceable rhythms, check out "Spring Begins"!
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Candice Michelle

Intriguing synth-pop with overtones of dance and darkwave
Spring Begins is the follow-up release to Fynrien’s Dream, the debut album by Muses9. Having long admired the mythic naturalistic paintings of Jonathon Earl Bowser, I immediately recognized the cover artwork which further peaked my interest as to what the music herein might sound like. Although information about the artist is limited on their website, album credits include lyrics by Algernon Charles Swinnburne, music by Igor Pogosyan, music production with Bryon Shakespeare, and drums and percussion by Koorosh Daryaie. All nine compositions feature female vocals, which are presumably provided by the same vocalist throughout, albeit given additionally layered and harmonized effects in parts. Somewhat eclectic and avant-garde in nature, the musical style is rather difficult to describe, although perhaps it could be loosely described as synth-pop with overtones of dance/electronica and ethereal/darkwave.

The album opens with “Angel”, which is probably my favorite track in the line-up. Introduced by some gypsy guitar licks and bubbly synth pads, an electronic/techno rhythm soon kicks in accompanied by lyrical vocals that are seemingly placed in the background. There’s an intriguingly ‘underground’ atmosphere of burlesque or cabaret imbued in these compositions, of which it’s easy to imagine that of being in some cozy, dimly-lit, hole-in-the-wall bar or lounge on some Broadway strip. The rest of the album mostly adheres to a similar feel and style while often employing subtle tribal percussion throughout, peaking once again about midway through with the bouncy, playful and somewhat risqué-seeming, “Cat and Mouse”. I especially like the opening renaissance flair that revisits the song along the way; it fittingly compliments the witchy tone of the vocals, as the lyrically sung incantations are given an echoing left-right speaker effect. “Prelude” is another highlight and mostly instrumental, save for the breezy vocal-and-piano bridge that comes in around the halfway mark. A lighter, softer piece compared to most of the album, hovering strings, strumming guitar and processed bell-tones all collectively create a hazy semblance of enchantment. The closing title piece, “Spring Begins”, is mostly acapella, with the vocalist uttering ghostly intonations that effectively convey a somewhat “dark fey” vibe.

While I especially enjoyed the conceptual feel of this album, and specifically, its somewhat unconventional edginess, I felt that a few things could be improved upon on future releases in terms of production and sound quality. Additionally, while the singer’s voice is quite fitting for this style of music, her vocals mostly sounded like they were coming from another room. Nevertheless, I believe these are things which can be easily improved upon, as there’s certainly much potential here for this artist to advance their unique sound to the next level!
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Let’s take our first tentative steps through the album Spring Returns by Muses9, through the musical smoothness of the opening track Angel, the crafted chill out beat here would in fact go down pretty well in many of the Coffee shops here. Technically speaking this is a nicely worked piece, especially so if listening on headphones.
Spring Returns is a reminder of the varied hopes and aspirations of humanity, and as I sit and watch the day grow longer, we arrive at the next piece called Easy to Love. The Chill Out style maybe easy to produce, but to get that quality that inspires the listener to fall in love with it instantly, requires a certain attention to detail, and Muses9 have indeed achieved that, listen to this piece and I urge you to use your headphones, for an awesome swirling performance and experience. The impressive standard of production here is quite breath-taking.
How About, has an enticing percussive opening, partnered with a rhythmic bass line that brings our musical journey to the beaches of sensual bliss, however this is also one very empowering opus of deep sound and thought. The multi instrumentational nature of this piece is sublime and creates a perfect tempo to really feel the energy of its overall construction.
Sometimes we all find ourselves a little Lonely. Muses9 will now interpret that feeling of inner sadness with such a melodic fluency, that it manifests a bed of emotional creativity for us to weep upon. The use of the negative chord structure here has produced one of the finest songs off the album and certainly one of my favourites; the vocals on this piece were extremely moving, delicately performed, and danced a slow dance of loneliness with the added instrumentation contained within.
One of the lessons when producing a chill out ethic to a piece is not to push it or overdo it. Last year David Arkenstone produced a wonderful example of this genre, with Songs from the Aqua Lounge, and here Muses9 has manifested something very different for the listener.
Cat and Mouse is a wonderful example of trance, fused with a chilled beat and a little new age dropped into the recipe of eventual success. The trance dance style here reminds me very much of UK band Riven, but here Muses9 add so much more into the weave of this very cleverly created composition. As you listen you will notice the arrangement is packed with musical nuances that make this song extremely addictive to say the least.
We change direction slightly on the next offering called Maybe. The narrative suggests a moment of musical thought and reflection; this is also a very clever song, and dances with a percussive partner with ease. This is one of those tracks you could see becoming an anthem at gigs, one that the audience would be more than happy to join in the chorus with.
The constituency of the vocals have been a pleasure to listen to on the album thus far, and on More, the shortest piece off the release, one can hear that even more so, they seem to float around you on a bed of chiming synths, like petals from a daisy, on the winds of a warm summers day, dancing with sunlit shards of light along the way.
Another of my personal favourites was the penultimate piece called Prelude. The flowing and uplifting nature of the beginning was amazing, the synths created a lush and colourful narrative, to bring about an energy of inspiration to this quite beautiful instrumental starting point, then at the three minute marker, there was a truly sensual pause and some of the most angelic, but self-assured and confident vocals to drive us home, in what I rate to be the best song off the album. This is a true moment of genius from Muses9, a cinematic moment of magic.
We finish with the title track, and of course called Spring Begins, this is something to look forward to as we approach winter. This solo effort on vocals here is a masterful way to finish this mystical journey with Muses9, and by doing so, shows the class and professionalism that runs right through this exciting release.
Spring Begins is a rare album; it’s totally fresh and contains something for everyone. This album has been described by others as Groove and Chill Out and Sensual, yes it is all of those things, but if you listen multiple times, and I have, it is much, much more. This is an album that crosses musical genres, invents its own, and presents to the ever eager listener something new and utterly exhilarating. Spring Begins has to be the most exciting release of 2017 and probably one of the best produced too.
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