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Spiritual Odyssey

by Russell Suereth

Contemporary New Age music that chronicles a spiritual journey. Haunting vocals accompany electronic instrumentation and primitive rhythms to create a unique and intoxicating soundscape.
Genre: New Age: Spiritual
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1. Break the Chains
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2. My Beating Heart
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3. Where Will I Go
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4. A Ride to Virgo
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5. So Far Away
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6. The Hidden Dance
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7. It's All Around
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8. The Walls Are Tumbling
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9. Seed of Imagery
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10. A Burning Rainbow
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Inside the Spiritual Odyssey album is a path that takes the listener on a spiritual journey.

Each song in the album chronicles a step in this path. The journey begins by breaking free of the constraints and boundaries that keep you from your spiritual existence. You'll travel to a distant place where you'll become more aware of the universe and how it works. Later, you find yourself more aware of the spiritual world around you, and of your own spiritual existence.

Break the Chains - Break out of the restraints that keep you from seeing and taking your own spiritual path.

My Beating Heart - Find yourself spiritually naked as the world you knew has fallen apart. Feel the rhythm of your beating heart and your breath. It's a good place to start.

Where will I Go - Gather yourself and ask where you will go. Begin to see a larger horizon of your self, your own existence.

A Ride to Virgo - Going to a new environment either physically, emotionally, or mentally can be an important step in your spiritual path.

So Far Away - You have journeyed to where others cannot go. The place feels distant but there is much is see on your journey.

The Hidden Dance - You have new perspectives and can see the universe working in ways you did not see before.

It's All Around - Your new perspectives expand and you see everything around you more clearly, in just the way that it always existed. It was just waiting for you to notice.

The Walls are Tumbling - There are always hurdles to take and walls to scale. Keep taking them. It's merely a part of your wonderful journey.

Seed of Imagery - The universe flows through your own existence and provides you with enhanced awareness and creativity.

A Burning Rainbow - You can create a world and existence that is wonderful and filled with unimaginable colors.


Created and produced by Russell Suereth. Vocals by Russell Suereth.
Production consultation and assistance by Jeff Silverman, Aeone, and Byron Metcalf.
Bass programming on Where Will I Go, A Ride to Virgo, and The Walls are Tumbling by Miklos Malek.
Additional programming and production by Miklos Malek.
Mixed and Mastered by Miklos Malek.

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Steve Sheppard

Very classy release indeed
Russell Suereth has been on a Spiritual Odyssey for some time now, so it’s no surprise that this header is used to emphasize his latest release. Although the music of Suereth has been around for a while now, he really came to prominence in 2015 with the release of his instrumental album Spiritual Haven, which was a huge hit for the listeners of One World Music Radio.
This new ten piece album has all the elements of that release, but more, the lyrics of the songs and Suereth’s vocals all go to raising this awareness about a spiritual path of peace, and adds an extra dimension to emphasize his point further. The opener Break The Chains is a fine example of that, freedom from the past, and new beginnings are now available.
The spiritual growth of an individual can be seen on the next two offerings in My Beating Heart and Where Will I Go, as we embrace change and a spiritual expansion. The multi instrumentation used on this release is beautifully performed and produced and creates a perfect foundation to explore further.
The voyage of a spiritual quest continues with sojourns of new experiences found through tracks like A Ride to Virgo, the vastness of the journey with, So Far Away and the clarity of Its All Around, rounding off with blossoming of the spirit in The Burning Rainbow, in fact all ten compositions are a musical map of sorts, to this pathway of enlightenment. Russell Suereth has given us an opportunity through this album, to explore our transcendent highway, and we can use Spiritual Odyssey as a soundtrack for this adventure, in what is a fresh, but very classy release indeed.
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Candice Michelle

Dreamy, transcendent, ethereal pop
Spiritual Odyssey is the fourth album by electronic keyboardist, composer and vocalist Russell Suereth. Having initially released a couple of 60’s-influenced pop/rock albums, Russell markedly shifted his musical focus to the loosely-defined “new age” genre with his all-instrumental third release entitled Spiritual Haven that drew upon subtle ethnic influences. Continuing his sonic exploration of transcendental themes, Russell seems to have both literally and figuratively found his voice with Spiritual Odyssey – an album that easily outshines his previous releases to a remarkable extent. Singing in an airily carefree and low-key style that’s complimented by dreamy synthesized textures and subtle world-tinged rhythms, Russell’s melodies often bear reminiscence to that of both The Beloved and The Alan Parsons Project.

Comprised of ten compositions spanning 40 minutes, Spiritual Odyssey opens with “Break the Chains”, as Russell sings mystical lyrics amid an ethereal fog of reverberating synth pads and subtle tribal percussion. As if being swept up on a magical carpet ride across the moonlit sky, a lunar glow is seemingly reflected upon the album's billowy cloudlike atmospheres, which are enthrallingly enhanced by the echoing, smoothed-out effect applied to Russell’s vocals. On the following track, “My Beating Heart”, his voice is layered with additional harmonies that are set to breezy percussion and softly muted bell-tones, which collectively elicit a curiously mesmerizing, almost whimsical essence. The ensuing “Where Will I Go” is one of my favorite songs on the album; its otherworldly haze and gently pulsing rhythm encompassing Russell’s resonating lyrical passages that offer lines such as “searching for the password to my life”.

The aptly-named “A Ride to Virgo” perfectly captures a childlike inquisitiveness – particularly that of perceiving the constellations to be much nearer to earth than they are. On this piece, Russell infuses a bit of Indian sitar, as one might imagine themselves sailing at sea while gazing upon the night sky. “So Far Away” also similarly embodies an alluring, quirky innocence with Russell singing the opening line, “When I fly through the cobalt skies, I can see your eyes”, as well as asking, “Why are you so far away?”. Also notable is “The Walls Are Tumbling” with its lightly bouncing electronic textures accentuated by subtle strings and a lovely vocal melody.

Although mostly of a similar nature, the songs on this album are immensely enjoyable, with each one subsequently unfolding like a children’s fairytale or fantasy book. Likely to appeal to a variety of listeners, Spiritual Odyssey is surely Russell Suereth’s most impressive work to date – thereby setting him on a promising musical path that I would highly encourage he continue to pursue!
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Serge Kozlovsky

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When you live your daily life in a modern, feverish and permanently hurrying world, it’s so easy to get lost in it and forget about your true self. At the same time, chaos captures you like a disease and it is very difficult to free yourself from it. Sometimes it seems impossible. What one can do?

The answer to this question is both complex and, simultaneously, incredibly simple. You should stop this running in a circle and recall your real essence. You need to realize yourself as a spiritual being. This journey to a true self will be a real adventure and the new album of Russell Suereth “Spiritual Odyssey”, without doubt, can help you in it.

Spiritual aspects of the music are very important for the artist. He tries to show listeners another, multicolored and beautiful world, forgotten as uselessness. The musical environment of the album is fully organic. Sound design of this release is perfect. Wonderful artists as Jeff Silverman, Aeone, and unrivaled Byron Metcalf helped Russell create his newest project. “Spiritual Odyssey” was masterfully mixed and mastered by Miklos Malek.

What more can be said? It is very important to address a person as a spiritual being, which is what Russell Suereth does. It is extremely necessary to treat every human being carefully. The artist does it with a great respect and delicacy. His aspirations are full of light and intentions are pure. The newest album of Russell Suereth is a very interesting and unique sample of spiritual music.
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Helena Dee

SOFT AND GENTLE NEW AGE VOCALS HIGHLIGHT RUSSELL SUERETH RECORDING
The beautiful new age vocal album SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY by keyboardist-singer Russell Suereth is a welcome addition to the genre. The songs are spiritually-influenced, but Suereth is also known for composing catchy, buoyant melodies and for using full-bodied synthesized instrumentation. His singing fits perfectly in the new age music scene -- soft, gentle, soothing, positive and transformative. He sings about freedom from the maze of life and the nowhere race (BREAK THE CHAINS), about renewal and growth and finding the glow (WHERE WILL I GO), about love lost and found (SO FAR AWAY, ITS ALL AROUND), and about outerspace journeys (A RIDE TO VIRGO, THE WALLS ARE TUMBLING). This is a recommended recording for anyone who enjoys easy-going spirit
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Kathy Parsons

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"Spiritual Odyssey" is the fourth album from Russell Suereth and the first to feature his lyrics and singing as well as his electronic instrumentation. On a lifelong quest to promote a universal spirituality that will hopefully bring inspired people together to create a better world, Suereth uses music as one of his primary tools to reach people and elevate their sense of spirituality. Suereth is also the creator and host of the Spiritual Fizz Podcast and the publisher of Spiritual Fizz, an e-magazine that focuses on the connection of the spiritual and physical worlds.

Suereth composed, performed and produced the music on the album with some programming and production assistance from Miklos Malek, who also mixed and mastered the album. Additional production consultation and assistance were provided by Jeff Silverman, Aeone, and Byron Metcalf. Subtitled A chronicle of a spiritual journey, the instrumentation on "Spiritual Odyssey" is an interesting mix of sounds. Suereth explains: “I like my music to be made up of a variety of sounds, new and old. I like utilizing the sounds of classical instruments such as the oboe and cello and piano, and having them sound warm and natural, like old friends to our ears. But then I also enjoy adding more modern instruments or the sounds of more unusual world music instrumentation. Sometimes I heavily process the sound which gives a more modern feeling.” Although occasionally quite rhythmic, most of the music on this album would fall into the ambient category. The melodies are not complicated and are sung within a fairly small range that is almost conversational - all very pleasant and soothing.

Since the album takes the listener on a spiritual journey, I think it makes more sense to describe the journey rather than each track individually. Each of the ten songs on the album chronicles a step on the path of the journey. It begins with “Break the Chains,” a call to break free of the constraints and boundaries that keep you from a more spiritual existence. As you gradually transform, you travel to Virgo and other distant places to learn how the universe works. New perspectives allow you to see things more clearly. Even though you continue to encounter hurdles in life, accept them as they will help you grow. The closing song, “A Burning Rainbow” signifies that your spiritual essence now radiates depth and color.

With the stress and craziness of our modern world, any attempts to bring comfort and positive change should be embraced with open arms! May the messages in "Spiritual Odyssey" lead us in that direction!
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BT Fasmer

One of 2017’s most important and interesting New Age music releases
Russell Suereth’s new release is called «Spiritual Odyssey». It is an emotionally charged album, filled with life wisdom and amazing melodies. On the rocky road towards spiritual awakening there are many challenges. «Spiritual Odyssey» is an honest portrait of such a journey, which makes it into one of 2017’s most important and interesting New Age music releases.

Russell Suereth is the creator and host of the Spiritual Fizz Podcast, and the publisher of Spiritual Fizz, an e-magazine that focuses on the connection of the spiritual and physical worlds. In 2015 Russell released the album “The Spiritual Haven“.

Break the Chains
«Spiritual Odyssey» is meant for active listening. It is not background music. It demands something from you. But when you take the time, you will see what a rewarding listen this is.

The first track is called «Break the Chains». A few light beats and a carefully crafted synth instantly set the atmosphere. Then Russell’s inspired vocal is heard. The lyrics are actually quite interesting in terms of New Age music, because it is about dealing with trouble and hardship, «breaking the chains», and, ultimately, waking up «in a new world». In New Age music the perspective is usually on harmony and bliss, not negativity and struggles. This makes «Spiritual Odyssey» into a very refreshing and different release. Here I must quote the intro to track number 2, «The whole world just fell apart». This makes the album feel bare and real.

Russell Suereth’s vocal will especially appeal to fans of Peter Buffett and Micahel Cretu’s solo material. Notice the impressive synth arrangements; This is not just melodies, it is small pieces of art. There are so many layers of sound to appreciate. But in all its intricacy, Russell manages to keep the melodic focus throughout the album.

«My Beating Heart» is about dealing with life crisis, yet the melody is quite upbeat and positive. The sound design is pure perfection. My favorite track on the album is number 3. A question is asked; «Where will I go / to renew and grow?», «Every day I wondered / Through my life / Searching for the password / To my life». Here Russell is at the very core of modern existence. In the past every community on earth had the answer to the «where». It was of course the local church, temple or other place of worship. You just had to go, and good people would lead you in the right direction. It is not as simple anymore, as indicated by the song’s atmosphere.

A Ride to Virgo
With «A Ride to Virgo» it gets a little lighter. There are both an ethic instrument (I believe it is a sitar) and some very futuristic sound effects, making it into a highly original mix of old and new. Again the synth arrangement is amazing. «So Far Away» is a dreamy track about love and longing. I guess there’s a million answer to the «Why are you so far away». It’s a wonderful melody though.

The atmosphere in «Spiritual Odyssey» reminds me of Enigma’s latest album «The Fall of a Rebel Angel». The feeling of helplessly being lost, and the knowledge that there is a divine truth that might put things right, is shared by both albums. Russell Suereth’s release will appeal to Enigma’s millions of fans. It is also a statement of its first rate production quality that it can be compared to a major label album like «The Fall of a Rebel Angel».

The Hidden Dance
The song «The Hidden Dance» has a nice pop sound, like the music of Moby or Air. «It is All Around» has the same vibe. It is complex and rich, yet there’s a fine minimalistic quality to it.

«The Walls are Tumbling» has an even darker atmosphere, but in terms of melody it is possible to trace a hint of positivity. «The Seed of Imagery» has a slow ambient quality. There’s a darkness here that’s almost complete. «A Burning Rainbow» is the album closer. The song contains a striking and unusual tableau. Russell sings; «watching colors flow / from a burning rainbow». I guess it is a statement that dangerous things can still be beautiful, like watching a rising nuclear cloud from a safe distance.

In conclusion; «Spiritual Odyssey» by Russell Suereth is a remarkable album. As a New Age music release it is unusually dark, but that is what gives it power and relevance. In our genre many artists claim to have the answer to everything. This is why many people find New Age music dull and uninspired «Spiritual Odyssey», on the other hand, is about raw emotions. It is impossible not to be affected by it. Highly recommend!
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