The name of David Arkenstone’s latest offering is “Songs From The Aqua Lounge”.
“It’s a sexy album,” says Arkenstone from his home overlooking the Pacific. “It was inspired, in part, by the lounge records of the fifties and sixties, like Martin Denny and Antônio Carlos Jobim and their unique sounds. “This is equally groovy!” says Arkenstone, holding up the limited edition 3D lenticular CD cover, complete with Lava® lamps.”
Recently awarded Best Vocal Album 2015 by One World Music for Inamorata, Arkenstone says, “I don’t often have vocals, so Songs From The Aqua Lounge is unusual in that there are five songs that feature vocals.” What also distinguishes this album from Arkenstone’s previous ‘chill’ recordings (World Café, Celtic Chill, Native Chill, Christmas Lounge, Chillout Lounge) is that some tracks border on smooth jazz, particularly “5 a.m.” featuring award-winning flugelhorn player Jeff Oster.
“I was thrilled that Jeff was available to bring his artistry to “5 a.m.,” says Arkenstone. “I wrote “5 a.m.” with flugelhorn in mind. And I finished writing it at 5 a.m. This is the first time I’ve written songs that so prominently feature flugelhorn and sax. “Midnight Cruise” features David Crozier on sax. I’ve been working with David for years, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to feature him. Stylistically it was a good fit. I’m really pleased with Jeff and David’s creative and expressive solos. Also featured is guest artist Luanne Homzy on violin. It was fun collaborating with so many artists.”
Songs From The Aqua Lounge
Award-winning vocalist Charlee Brooks lends her stunning stylings to the album. Songs From The Aqua Lounge is her fourth collaboration with Arkenstone.
“A lounge is a place where people are comfortable and congregate,” says Arkenstone. “Songs From The Aqua Lounge is music to relax to, to put you in a good mood, to play in the background, and to accompany all sorts of activities!”
Music and Media Focus reviewer Michael Diamond states, “Ever the sonic adventurer, veteran recording artist David Arkenstone embarks on another journey into the ultra contemporary world of Chill music on his latest release Songs From The Aqua Lounge. Drawing on elements of ambient, electronica, and smooth jazz, the album serves up a groove-based blend of sounds that range from dreamy to driving. A perfect example is a track called “Take My Soul,” that features atmospheric synthesizers, electronic beats, and the misty, sensuous female vocals of Nahara that evokes a vision of Tangerine Dream and Enya performing together. If this album illustrates anything, it is that with David Arkenstone one thing to expect is the unexpected.”
About the featured track “Take My Soul” Arkenstone says, “I wanted to write a sexy song, and now we’ve made a sexy video to accompany it. Nahara made it come alive with her distinctive delivery.”
The album is available on Amazon.