Review of Juan Sanchez’s New Album: Now the Silence
Sometimes you feel like isolating yourself from everything–every impulse, information, and even talk that is bombarding your mental spectrum, and you just want to wrap yourself in a cozy and soothing sonic layer that lets you merge deep in itself. This is what you feel when you hear this album–Now the Silence. And how appropriate is its name because it takes you to so deep a place where you are able to relax your mind and shed all the weariness that comes from the chaotic world that we are living in right now!
It is not often that you come across such an emotionally enriching collection of songs that have an impact on you right from the first note. It means there is a great deal of sensitivity and empathy put in by the musicians. The album takes advantage of the emotive range of the piano to its fullest extent and tops it with the magic of strings that add such a poignant layer to the themes.
Album Name: Now the Silence
Artist Name: Juan Sanchez
There are ten songs on the album bringing a wide variety of sentiments to your mind as you begin to let go of all the negativity and fatigue that have been stored there unintentionally.
The very first piece, “Very Young Old Man”, gives you the hint of sentimental value that the album might contain. The gravity and poignancy quotient of this song makes you feel so thoughtful. The magic of piano hooks you for a beautiful experience.
“Luz De Luna” builds the romantic mystery as it introduces us to the strings. It weaves a scene where the heart’s yearning is fulfilled though there is no outburst of celebratory shouts.
The title song, “Now the Silence”, being the third-longest of the album, builds slowly on the piano as you start enjoying the solitude.
Enjoying the depth continues with “Alma”, as a more slow and emotive touch is added by the strings. The song very beautifully depicts the state of mind that is searching for something but has not found. At around 2:46s, the violin adds a vibrato effect as the cello draws a curtain to this very touching song.
With “Tolworth”, a touch of vocals are added to give the song a more fairy feel. The song takes you to a flight of far-off lands as you travel on slowly caressing notes of the piano. Indeed, a very relaxing experience for the listener.
The smallest song of the album, “Siempre”, carries a lilting promise amidst all the toil. Layered with the slow movements of the violin, the song has a glimpse of hope.
“Blue Nights”, the last and the longest song of the album, takes you to Celtic lands of yore and builds a story of those days. You can almost visualize the characters moving. Very powerfully done!
The album stands out for its invitingness and sensibility–the subtlety and openness are palpable with every note. It feels like the artist has bared his soul for you to feel the same vulnerability (and therefore strength) through the music. It is unarmed, fresh, and filled with truthful confessions.
Truly, a heart-touching gift for listeners!