An interesting new CD (titled PORTAL) has been released by the new age vocalist AKASA. She says she has been inspired in recent years by Lisa Gerrard, Era, Enigma, Enya and Sigur Ros. Akasa does a lot of wordless singing with some lyrics in English or Latin, but it is more the overall sound of her dreamy, echoing, floating vocals that create a special effect that transports the listener to an altered state of consciousness. Close your eyes, take a listen and you will see what I mean.
The music on PORTAL ranges from spiritual new age to subtle world-fusion. There also are elements of pop, rock, trance, classical, gypsy, medieval Gregorian chant, Eastern, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Native American and numerous other influences.
She has studied shamanic sound healing. She also is originally from Taiwan (now residing in California) and her vocals have a slight Chinese accent which gives the music an exotic flavor. She works with top musicians in creating the music. Some tunes have pounding rhythmic drums while others have light, airy, floating-in-the-breeze arrangements. Her voice can make a deep-throated animalistic statement or soar to the stars at a pitch so high it threatens to become ultra-sonic. But perhaps her strongest attributes are her passion and warmth. This music is recommended for adventurous new age music lovers who want to hear something new and different than they are used to hearing. The CD is at CDbaby and Amazon and other online sales stores.