Review by Dick Metcalf / Editor c/o Contemporary Fusion Reviews.
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Marvelous Native flute premier album Marcia Watson Bendo – Woodland Moons
Marvelous Native flute premier album Marcia Watson Bendo – WOODLAND MOONS: What truly sets Marcia’s wonderful playing apart from all the others is the plethora of instruments she plays on her marvelous debut release… the highly engaging visuals in her trailer video are the perfect introduction to a new talent you’ll be hearing much more from in the future…
…though you won’t find a lot of videos on her channel, be sure to subscribe on YouTube – because I anticipate seeing a lot more of her enchanting songs posted there soon!
The promo sheet says that her “joy is in the journey“, and as you listen to the unique percussion and lush strings she has woven into the 6:08 “Forest Moon“, you’ll easily feel the elation she projects through her sensitive playing… she also plays piano on the album (she’s a “true” multi-instrumentalist), and the percussion provided by Rafael Pereira makes the magic come alive (particularly during the intro to the song). Though simple in structure, this is one of the lushest compositions I’ve listened to (yet) in 2018.
Marcia’s music gives the listener a sense of “connection” that many other players just can’t realize, no matter how much musical education or experience they may have, and the songs she has created here are as rich in diversity as possible… one of the best examples of that broad range is the “heavy” sounds you might expect with a tune titled “Big Bear Moon“… it’s not hard (at all) to imagine woodland encounters with a lumbering, furry creature… and yet, there’s a gentleness about the piece that makes it very attractive for the long term… this one will be getting a lot of replays – I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find this composition being nominated for (and WINNING) an award!
Of the dozen aural adventures Marcia offers up, it is (without a doubt) the intricacy and “down-home” feeling realized on “Maple Sugar Moon” that made it my personal favorite… once again, her mastery at “weaving” various instruments into a full-blown orchestral experience makes her stand apart most enchantingly.
I give Marcia a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this sonic textural wonder! Get more information on Marcia’s website.