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March 7, 2017

One World Music Radio: Review of Urban Metta, Vol. 1

Today this is my sunset album, as I sit and write the glowing orb that radiates warmth around our planet begins to sink and whilst doing so I listen to the deep tones of Urban Metta, Volume 1 by Anaamaly. The concept of this album is set around self-empowerments, truths we must admit to ourselves as co-creators of our own actions within our own universe. Anaamaly has not only done this justice, he has brought a whole new dimension to our front door, in what could be classed as deep meditative music.

The opening offering is called Stand in my Own Power; this is an absolute spiritual truth, a statement of intent that contains a meaningful message. The artist has created a whole new realm of vastness to roam on a musical level and this full flowing starting piece is so rich and full, one cannot deny its energy of musical empowerment through its tones.

You would do well to allow yourself to dive into this world of new age electronica and sample a whole different galaxy of musical mastery, and on the next arrangement you have just that, this one is called I Walk Through Fire, and contains a powerful, yet steady approach, a confident, but dreamy opus of sound that can be found right here.

Our next piece is exactly what I am doing right now, as I write for you, as I create, I Live in the Current Moment. This is a statement of profound importance and the artist has manifested something very grounding to enable us to do so. The waves of a vast ocean lap up to the shore line, but the manner with which they do is rhythmic and calming, he then brings us to this present moment with a subtle but empowering creation of electronic harmony, we can truly feel, watch, be a part of that moment, within the resonance of this quite ambient composition.

We could draw a few comparisons here with artists like Forrest Smithson and Rick Batyr, both employ that deep and full flowing power to their own releases, but Anaamaly seems to have created his very own realm with this cultured release. Listen to I Embrace All Wisdom and explore the tranquil corners of your own deep well of imagination, in what has to be one of the most beautiful pieces off the album.

Now as we approach the half way marker, Anaamaly gifts us something special in the piece I Love Unconditionally. The slight percussive beat adds to the composition, giving it further depth and allowing the electronic waves to pulse around us in a tranquil, yet energising way. The concept of unconditional love seems to be such a hard concept for some to understand, but maybe through this composition Anaamaly has made that just a little easier for us to grasp.

As we drift on the wings of intent into the second half of the album, we come across an almost old school styled new age piece called I am Grateful For…, the rest is for you to fill in the blanks and while you’re thinking on that, allow this angelic creation to aid that process of thought. Here is a composition, that has a real light construction and feel to its overall ambience, and is perfectly placed, at just over the half-way point of the release.

The next one made me smile, I mean I had to, I have taken life far too seriously from time to time, so the track, I Am Lighthearted resonated with me, and yes, made me smile, partly at myself and partly at the lessons now learnt. This is also profound, as the composition itself does have a playfulness about it that is appealing, but at all times retains its meditative ambience.

On, I Am Perfect Either Way, we have a confident and strong arrangement that seems to literally and musically stand tall and grow through its five plus minutes, a piece of realization perhaps? The light natural sounds through this offering were so well placed and not distracting, if anything they added a layer of grounding, to what is a very sensitive and delicate creation.

I mentioned earlier that the sun is sinking here fast, and I can now see its golden glow across the ocean, and speaking of that vast water filled dimension, we can enjoy that right here with this composition, as once more the artist creates a piece that is filled with the nurturing element of emotion. On I Am Awakened there is a real deep sense of renewal built into the track, the resonance and swirling keyboards manifest a composition of wisdom and power combined.

Our last but one, our penultimate piece from Anaamaly, gives is a moment of awareness so profound, that its statement must not be over looked; it’s called I Am Surrounded by Abundance. Once more our master craftsman, our sonic painter of musical delights, has brought us into a reality of a composition that seems to expand whilst listening to it. I enjoyed the experience of this piece, I enjoyed the energy of a track that builds beautifully and sustains its prowess along the way.

We now drift into the last doorway of the album with a composition called I Am Healed on All Levels. To leave an album with such a subtle and carefully crafted arrangement is simply stunning, here we have a track that almost retains a slight chill-out ethic, which is no real surprise given the back ground of the artists other persona, but a piece that does manifest a level of acceptance through music and a simply blissful way to leave the release.

Urban Metta, Volume 1 is one of those releases you could easily over look thinking its just another new age music release. I urge you to wipe that thought completely from your mind, this is an album created from truth and unconditional love; here is a release that speaks volumes and manifests vast realms for us the listener to roam at our leisure. Urban Metta, Volume 1 by Anaamaly, may well be the forerunner of the next generation of new age electronica styled releases, and as such you really would be remiss to not add this album to your collection as soon as you can.
Steve Sheppard

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