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HARMONY TALES BY THE ARK OF MUSIC
Profoundly and wonderfully expansive. Warming. Comforting. Uniting. Inclusive. Open-minded. I don’t want to sound melodramatic, but Pablo Embon’s 19th studio album, Harmony Tales, feels like a boundaryless and multi-cultural releasing of great tension; a healing collection of mind-freeing and heart-stirring compositions created by a man who’s mastery has reached a level where the music is now allowed to guide him. Throughout the album, stirring and emotional melodies are constantly juxtaposed by light-hearted and whimsical phrasing, creating a balanced dance of opposites, and a soothing exercise in contrast.
A guitar and piano album, on this project, Pablo gives a bit more of a nod to the latter, and he’s never sounded better. Jazzy melodies. Bluesy riffs, and melancholy moods unite to form a delicious fusion fancy. This is music for dinner with your lover. A glass of wine at sunset. A moment alone after a long week. The entire album is fresh air.
HARMONY TALES BY EXPOSE
Harmony Tales features a dozen cuts which could best be described as tasty, ear-friendly jazz, informed somewhat by orchestral, fusion, and Middle Eastern, latin, and world flavors. The amazing thing is that Embon is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist who composes, arranges and plays all of the parts in the music he creates, including all guitars, piano, synths, bass, and drums, all played like they were his primary instrument.