Some albums are like great novels; If you let them, they can take your mind on a pleasant and interesting journey – far from the troubles of the world. One such album is Still by Stephen Peppos. Its harmonious atmosphere is like a soundtrack to a day filled with relaxation, contemplation and love.
If you’re not already a Stephen Peppos fan, this is a great time to get to know his music. Peppos’ debut album, Vertigo, became an instant hit when it was released back in 2008. Next album was Follow the Mist, for which he won the Best Instrumental Album Award in the Lifestyle Music Awards. Stephen has also made music for popular tv shows and sound libraries.
On Still there are a total of 15 tracks, which all have Peppos’ usual attention to details. The opening song is called To Watch a Pond, and it is a perfect title. Wherever you might be; the pond Stephen is painting before your inner eye has all the tranquil qualities needed for stress-free daydreaming. Next song out is Silhouette. Its slow yet elegant build-up makes it into a very enjoyable piano ballad.
What I like the best is the high level of quality on all songs from start to finish. It is one of those albums that you can listen to back-to-back. The piano and synth arrangement is great, and the melodic focus is nothing short of impressive; the way the songs flow makes me think of David Lanz or George Winston. I’m sure Secret Garden fans also will like the neo classical elements on Still. My favorite part of the album is the songs Always Prelude and Always, which have a bit more power and speed than the rest of the songs.
I’ll end where I started; Still by Stephen Peppos is like an audio book with piano music instead of words. Each song is a chapter, telling a story of comfort and love. It is impossible not to feel touched by its elegance. Highly recommended!
94/100 – See how I rate music here
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