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Clear Light

by Stephanie Sante

Clear Light, a tribute to the beauty, mystery and power of earth’s oceans, from ancient times to the present.
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1. Clear Light
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2. Deep Impression
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3. Salacia's Dream
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4. Jade Resonance
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5. Melt Like Snow
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6. The Color of Coral
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7. Fractured Echoes
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8. Moonlit Starfish
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9. Mariana
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Stephanie Sante is a critically-acclaimed and award winning composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist in the genres of new age, ambient, electronic, lounge, downtempo and NuJazz. Her latest album, her 11th full length recording, is Clear Light, a tribute to the beauty, mystery and power of earth’s oceans, from ancient times to the present. The music ranges from buoyant, jubilant and energetic to softer, gentler, floating pieces. Sante’s keyboards take the listener on an underwater journey of exploration and fascination. The music begins with the sound of electronic water drops followed by full-bodied new age instrumental compositions straying into the world of ambient textures and soundscapes.

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Candice Michelle / JourneyscapesRadio.com

A most magical musical journey through glacial, aquatic northern terrain!
Electronic music composer Stephanie Sante has recently released what is easily my favorite album by this amazing artist since her 1999 debut, Into Light. I recall first hearing her music many years ago via its gorgeous lead track, “The Awakening”, while the album overall displayed a beautifully melodic space music style with classic “new age” overtones. Sante followed up that landmark album with a couple of releases that compellingly ventured into overall darker, ambient space music territory. Since then, Sante has also released some jazzier flavored “chill/lounge” singles and albums, including her 2017 full-length release, In Your Eyes. But on Sante’s latest release, Clear Light, she seems to have come full circle – with the album's compositions embarking upon sonic explorations of both liquid and icy atmospheres comprised of glistening ambient textures and classic electronic sequencing. Particularly outstanding pieces – such as “Salacia’s Dream” and “Fractured Echoes” – seemingly evoke a magical feeling of underwater arctic exploration and the presence of marine life. Other pieces such as “Melt Like Snow” employ distinct ethereal vocal intonations, while the especially enchanting, “Moonlight Starfish”, is gently guided along by a subtle rhythm – effectively conveying an awe-inspiring sensation of sailing across the sea at night beneath the aerial dances of the aurora borealis. A simply breathtaking album overall, Clear Light is a must-have for fans of gently emotive, melodic ambient and space music – while it's guaranteed to take the listener on a most magical musical journey through glacial, aquatic northern terrain!
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Steve Sheppard

A truly gripping release with a refreshing energy
A new experience for me as I get to delve into the electronic world of Stephanie Sante and within this review we can traverse the musical oceans together on her latest offering Clear Light.
By some strange coincidence I had just been listening to a pre-release copy of the latest David Wright album and there is something of him within this album too, but for now, let push our ship away from its tether and voyage through Clear Light.
The opener is the glorious sound track; Clear Light as a composition is a real scene setter, one can literally feel the energy build and manifest a level of excitement for this up and coming sojourn, this arrangement is simply the perfect musical beginning and the powerful posture of this piece is undeniably brilliant and almost John Carpenter in mood at times, and that can never be a bad thing.
We move to the smooth and calming waters of Deep Impression, but we seem to have an around view of our landscape, perhaps as above so below. The synths here are sublime and the production quality of the entire project really adds a pleasurable layer of expansiveness to the whole experience. We could almost be travelling under the ocean to this one and watching various structures and fissures pass us by as we do so.
The drops and almost bubble like effects on the next piece are fascinating and within the opus that is Salacia’s Dream it feels like we have drifted off course and into an alternate reality, perhaps in a time long ago. While Salacia is a Roman deity of sorts, living in Cyprus, I am very aware of all the mysterious imaginings and mystical deities from the Greek ages of yester year, so I can gaze over our sea right now and imagine through this really grand symphonic arrangement, the goddess Salacia imposing her will on the realms of the underwater world below the lapis coloured waters above. Musically this is an almost cinematic delight; the performance on keyboards and synths here by Sante is utterly fantastic, this is electronic music at its very, very best.
As we move deeper into this oceanic tale of wonderment we come across a piece called Jade Resonance. There is a distinctive movement within this track that is transfixing and one can almost feel musically, the pull of the waves as they lap up to the shore line. We also can bathe in another sublime performance by the artist who paints something special with this one; we can also sense the energy of life within this composition, which may portray a delicate balance of nature within the overall construction of the musical narrative. The artist’s artistic approach on this arrangement is simply mesmeric to listen to.
There seems to be a fascinating counter play of musical genius on this next offering called Melt Like Snow. The rhythmic water droplets can be heard throughout this composition, leading one to perhaps visualise the polar caps supplying water to the grand vistas of our planets oceans, the gentle and almost hesitant approach also brings in the reverse effect of the melting of the ice caps creating a musical dichotomy of sorts. A very clever composition indeed and once again superbly performed by the artist.
On The Color of Coral, Sante manifests something incredibly beautiful, almost wave like in musical motion. There is a delicacy here that must not be ignored, we have coral here and it is so lush and colourful and to watch the small squid playing within the reefs is a sight to see. The peace filled style of this track is sublimely serene, but perhaps also this is a reminder for us to take care of this most precious of marine life.
We now move into the very depths of this ocean of tone and timbre and as we arrive at the portal entitled Fractured Echoes. I can gaze at the shoreline here and see many fractures, from the many earthquakes we have had since time began for this land and sea. There is a sense of past and present in this crafted arrangement, almost like through the music, we can view the history of the world’s oceans as a portent of the future. The smoothe synths here are simply amazing and the elevation of energy when needed is also a delight to sonically bathe within.
As we touch the hem of the longest track off the album at just shy of eight minutes, we land at the sand bar of a wonderful arrangement called Moonlit Starfish. This is a composition that also touches the hem of greats like Wright and Vangelis, with ease. The added percussion here is perfection and there is a real energy of happiness, perhaps it’s not too much of a stretch to imagine a multi-coloured Starfish meeting on the floors of a midnight ocean somewhere, this is also one of my favourite compositions from the album too.
I am a fan of the oceans of the planet and the Mariana Trench is a legend on its own right, here new sea life is still being found to this day. On the track Mariana the repetitive progression and then the slow movement into the dark realms of this area is superbly musically narrated by Sante; one can feel truly as if they are there, as if going down as far as you can in a submersible. The synths and keyboard performance here is as legendary as the trench itself, this is a very intelligent and powerful way to leave the album indeed.
Clear Light has to be one of the best electronic musical albums I have heard this year, it has a refreshing energy about it and a narrative that needs to be constantly highlighted if we are to keep our oceans clean and well. Stephanie Sante has produced a truly gripping release, one that is extremely well produced and will hold you until the very last note of the album.
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Kathy Parsons

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After moving away from the new age/ambient genres for the past fifteen years or so, award-winning keyboardist/composer Stephanie Sante returns to her solo recording roots with "Clear Light," a musical tribute to the oceans of the earth. Sante released three albums in the new age/ambient genres between 2000-2003 and then went in a different direction within the NuJazz, downtempo, electronica, groove, lounge and chill genres. In between, she released a few ambient and smooth jazz singles before deciding to further explore new age as a musical language to help to educate people about the many dangers that threaten the world’s oceans and sea life. “I wanted this music to encapsulate the power and beauty of the world’s oceans, and to draw attention to not only the wondrous aspects, but also to the problems confronting them…. I felt new age music was the best style to use to capture all the moods and emotions associated with ocean-life.” In addition to the distinctive sounds of electronica and synthesizers, the nine tracks include “a smattering” of sampled acoustic instruments that include strings, piano, bass, percussion, chimes and wordless vocals. All of the tracks are much more ambient than melodic, and Sante is especially adept at creating visual images with her music.

"Clear Light" begins with the title track, a darkly mysterious piece that has a rather “classic” electronica sound with occasional rhythmic “bursts.” Even with the changes in electronic instrumentation, this piece really feels like the slow fluid movement of deep water as the tides and sea life move gracefully about. “Deep Impression” is a musical exploration of the geography of the bottom of the ocean and how various natural events affect the life forms that live there. Darkly beautiful from start to finish, it brings many images of colorful plants and creatures as they move with the rhythms of the water. “Jade Resonance” refers to the kelp forests that are sometimes the color of Chinese jade. The gently undulating movement is a wonderful aural impression of the slow but constant motion of these vital plants that provide food for some sea life and oxygen for the water. “The Color of Coral” refers to the vivid colors of living coral that usually turns white when the coral dies, and brings attention to the fact that the coral reefs of the world are extremely endangered. “Moonlit Starfish” is a fantasy piece that imagines starfish dancing on the floor of the ocean. This is one very slow dance, indeed, but it definitely has a beat and a pulse. It also beautifully suggests light filtering down through the water to create a magical ambiance. “Mariana,” the album’s last track, is a piece about the Mariana(s) Trench and the sea life that is discovered there with every visit. Dark and very mysterious with just a suggestion of possible danger lurking in the deepest known waters of the ocean, it’s an evocative closing to an exceptional album!

I have heard Stephanie Sante’s name for many years, but this is my first review of any of her albums. I’m really impressed and salute Sante for utilizing her music for this very important cause. "Clear Light" is very highly recommended!
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