It's nice when someone listens. It's even nicer when someone listens intently.
I received an interesting email earlier this week. It was from someone named Andre.
I don't know an Andre.
He told me that he was a writer for a German music blog and that he had stumbled upon my newest album. He wrote a review of it - in German - and asked if I would give it a read.
And so I did.
What follows is the first review someone has written about something I have made. With the help of Google translate and my own limited knowledge of the German language (I studied for a few years in high school) I managed to put together an English translation. The original article can be found here.
The Soundtrack of Life.
We always like to follow our self-imposed mission, to bring talented musicians a little closer to the light of the public. Josh Zimmer is a creative mind who entered the music industry in 2013. With Project Atlantic, the artist from New Jersey creates atmospheric soundscapes, settled somewhere between modern classical and ambient. "Music Inspired by the Motion Picture", the title of his current work, does not contain any soundtrack to an actual film.
The film, on which the title of the album refers, is to be understood as a metaphor for "life" with all its facets. Josh Zimmer has dedicated his songs to people or events that have touched him. The pieces are often instrumentalized with classical instruments, above all the piano. Interlaced with acoustic guitars and electronic nuances, Josh also succeeds in showing an emotional variety. "Music Inspired by the Motion Picture" reveals a sentimental mood.
Stylistically, Project Atlantic does not move in familiar patterns of a genre, even if a lot of inspiration from ambient, classical and folk find their way into the sound structures. These aspects are very clear and pronounced in songs like "ævintýri" or "The Way Things Go", two pieces that capture the "cinematic" sound nicely. Also, "Luminous" or the beautiful piece "I Am Here and so Are You" keep the pace going very well. You will be pleased with the simplicity and accessibility of the pieces, which you clearly notice he puts forth on his project with a lot of passion.
"Music Inspired by the Motion Picture" is not an indicator for music, but the work enchants with the power of expressiveness. For a solo project, you can always find criticisms, perhaps "Transit" with its 8 bit tooting is out of the ordinary, but so be it - many artists express their emotions in their works, Josh with his music. Those who want to purchase the soundtrack of his life can do so under the heading "name your price" on Bandcamp.
You can probably imagine the reaction I had after reading that.
I won't go into any more detail about the review or my thoughts on it but do I want to pose a challenge to you this week. Bless somebody with kind words of encouragement. I don't just mean the usual "good job" or "I like that" compliments that we effortlessly hand out to others. I'm talking about meaningful words filled with substance that real thought has been put into.
And Andre, if you are reading this, thank you.