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Beyond Cloud Nine

by Philip Wesley

Cinematic, warm, lush, romantic piano music.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Falling for You
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2. Sweetest Dream
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3. Firefly Light
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4. Love's Crush
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5. Beyond Cloud Nine
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6. Beneath the Same Sky
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7. Day We Met
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8. In Your Eyes
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9. Dreaming in Color
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10. Summer Fields
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11. Push Pull
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12. Infinite
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13. It's Always Been You
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14. Flutter
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15. Reasons for Leaving
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16. Ripple Across Time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Love can be quite complicated sometimes. It isn't always a nice, neat little box with a bow around it. Sometimes love can make you feel like you're walking on cloud nine. Other times it absolutely breaks your heart or turns your world upside down. Love is a complicated term with lots of different meanings. Everything from interpersonal affection towards others, to pleasure, to a strong emotional attachment to people, places, things or ideas.


For many years now, I've wanted to do this kind of project. Not only for myself, but also for my fans. From time to time, I would have fans asking me if I had any 'romantic' sounding type music. My typical response was 'well I have a song like that on this album or that album.' But never really anything resembling a more cohesive album. Keep in mind for a while now I've been most known for writing dark, broody, and emotionally raw type piano music. And while that's been great for me and my fans, I also wanted to branch out a bit with this project. And while many of the songs could be considered more 'romantic' a few songs on the album are also more dreamy, ethereal, and ambient.


This project is one with lots of major keys. A big departure from previous projects like Transcend (all minor keys) or Dark Night of the Soul (mostly minor keys) I intentionally kept this project a bit more light and airy sounding. And for the first time ever, embellished with other instruments. While this is very much a piano driven album, I think you'll appreciate the pleasant surprise of other instrumentation. It definitely lends itself well to the piano. Nothing too over the top, but rather a beautiful dialog with the piano.


With these thoughts in mind I give you my 8th album... Beyond Cloud Nine

Philip Wesley

Fall 2016

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Darla Bower

Reviewed By Enlightened Piano Radio
Beyond Cloud Nine is the eighth release of pianist/composer Philip Wesley. This project is laced with major keys and is a combination of dreamy, ethereal and romantic rolled into one gorgeous album by this talented artist. By his own words, Philip says in the liner notes this album is more “light and airy” sounding than previous albums which boasted more minor sounding keys and broody heart-wrenching compositions. This is also the first project of Wesley’s that features other instrumentation of cello and strings though is piano driven.
Beyond Cloud Nine opens with the track Falling For You. This song begins the journey of piano and instrumental combination leading the listener into a daydream of musical delicacy. A gentle crescendo of sweet sound features both cello and strings. This piece marks the gentle beginning of a beautiful album. Enjoyed it! Firefly Light was my next favorite on the album. You can just imagine fireflies dancing to the melody. I could feel the emotiveness and longing tempered with brisk moments that I found appealing. I loved the ending as it trickles into the upper register. Love’s Crush is positively gorgeous with the heartfelt instrumentation and striking melody. What a beautiful musical proclamation of love.
The title track Beyond Cloud Nine is simply beautiful. The gorgeous melody leads the listener beyond the clouds. Beyond Cloud Nine engages the listener while navigating through the continued journey of love. Dreaming In Color displays a vivid color of notes woven perfectly throughout the melody. This song draws the listener in with its pleasing melody and colorful tones creating a lovely dialogue on the piano. As the melody sings seasoned with instrumentation this one became my absolute favorite--love it! Push Pull is also another one of my favorites on the album. The intro is engaging with gentle cascading into a dreamy melody. As the melody builds you begin to feel the push and pull of the piece true to its title. Another one the listener will love!
Flutter is the longest track on the album and I love the melody in this piece. The instrumentation is a pleasant and welcomed addition to this already charming song. The ending is a gentle flutter over the keys compelling the listener through dreamy reflection. Stunning! Reasons For Leaving is the shortest track on the album with the length around a minute and fifty-six seconds. Sometimes the shorter pieces are the hidden shiny gems in the musical journey. Philip plays the piece with energetic command of both melody and instrument. The ending of this gem fading into the upper register leaves the listener in a cloud of sparkling musical satisfaction.
Ripple Across Time closes out this brilliant album. The melodic theme is both resounding and peaceful. At times the melody ebbs and flows creating a ripple of bright refrain then quietly fades into tranquil enchantment. Love it! Beyond Cloud Nine is the musical representation of the odyssey of love. The album takes the listener on an exquisite journey beyond the clouds into a piano and instrumental reverie. The piano focused instrumental album is variance from the usual musings of this talented composer and does not disappoint, its very charismatic in both style and presentation. Beyond Cloud Nine will be a welcome addition to any music lover’s collection. Therefore, I highly recommend it.
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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
Love in its many aspects is an emotive subject on its own to compose an album about and here Philip Wesley doesn’t only do the subject justice, he creates some stunningly beautiful compositions that will make your heart tremble with sheer joy.
From the very opening refrains of “Falling for You” and into the dreamy and gentle “Sweetest Dream”, Wesley’s performance is perfection personified. The artist also creates great movement and colour for us to literally bathe in, listen to “Firefly Light” and be amazed.
There are few who can lay layer upon layer of music so beautifully as Philip Wesley, but on this his eighth album he has raised that veritable musical bar yet again, take some time in the realm of the title track and enjoy the sensation of music from the heavens, Beyond Cloud Nine is not just a beautiful concept, it is a totally charming opus of musical clarity.
As a listener you will have a few delightful sun kissed moments, with memorable short form compositions like “Summer Fields”, “It’s Always Been You” and the sad, but thoughtful, “Reasons for Leaving”. Your exit piece will be the charming “Ripple Across Time”, a track that contains moments of both light and shade.
Beyond Cloud Nine is a collection of 16 extremely passionate and heart felt compositions, it’s an album that has been put together by an artist that plays with sincerity and love. Philip Wesley has manifested an honest and emotionally stirring release that will transfix you with its beauty and quality performances and is utterly recommended.
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
It has been two years since Philip Wesley’s last album, "Transcend," and "Beyond Cloud Nine" is quite different. Wesley’s previous seven albums were all solo piano and this one includes strings and other instrumentation performed by The Dreamworld Symphony. The piano is front and center throughout the album, but the orchestral additions add a new dimension to Wesley’s music. The other big difference from his previous albums is that "Beyond Cloud Nine" is much lighter and more romantic, with most of the pieces composed in major keys. Don’t get me wrong, this album isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but it is an interesting change in direction for this pianist/composer who has been known for his darker and more brooding music since his 2003 debut, "Finding Solace." Two years in the making, the album was recorded at Dreamworld Productions on a Schimmel grand piano, and was produced, engineered, and mastered by Doug Hammer - a musical genius in his own right! Pianists will be happy to know that there is a companion sheet music book and individual downloads for all sixteen pieces on the album. Only the piano parts have been transcribed - you don't need to hire a small orchestra to make this music sound good!

"Beyond Cloud Nine" begins with “Falling For You,” a soft and dreamy piece that could be subtitled “Floating On Cloud Nine.” Piano and strings beautifully blend to set the romantic mood. The light and ethereal “Sweetest Dream” is a deep sigh set to music. “Firefly Light” ups the tempo a bit, but is still very much on the delicate side. The notes in the treble end of the piano have a sparkle while the background strings gently swirl and flow - a favorite. “Love’s Crush” sounds more like the Philip Wesley we know. A bit darker and more passionate, it’s a favorite, too. The accompanying cello is gorgeous, as is the piano, of course! The title track is a duet for piano and cello - my favorite combination of instruments - and sounds like a warm and happy daydream. David Lanz has had a strong influence on many contemporary composers, and I hear a bit of his romantic music in “Day We Met.” “Summer Fields” suggests the movement of a warm breeze lazily blowing through tall grasses - an image I always enjoy! “Push Pull” begins very delicately and freely in the upper registers of the piano - almost fragile. In the second half of the piece, strong notes from the deep bass of the piano give the piece weight and a feeling of determination. I really like this one, too! “Infinite” would be lovely in a magical movie soundtrack. The flowing broken chords, haunting wordless vocals, and poignant melody make this piece especially memorable. “Ripple Across Time” returns to a more powerful and dramatic playing style that calms as it winds down, closing the album gently and peacefully.

Philip Wesley has been one of the most popular pianist/composers in the new age genre for quite awhile now, so it’s brave and commendable that he is taking his music in a somewhat different direction. For new listeners and fans alike, it’s a very pleasant journey and shows us a different side of Wesley’s compositional growth and style. Recommended!
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