The fifteen songs that compose the first Longing for Orpheus album feature layered synthesizers and piano, accented with the human voice and Irish whistles. The styles range from Celtic New Age (Athar), to Ambient (Reflect), to Neo-Classical (Release and the Sonata for Night cycle), to Tolkien-influenced epic (Valinor). Skye can be enjoyed as background music, providing a relaxing and soulful soundtrack to your daily life, or as a cathartic escape - an exploration of our shared search for (and creation of) purpose and meaning.
Longing for Orpheus, in both name and action, represents the search for beauty through music. While the project has had one member (Derek Smootz) thus far, collaborations with other, talented vocalists are on the horizon. See the Longing for Orpheus website for more biographical information.
While there is value in listening to music simply for its own sake, the best art offers layers of meaning. Longing for Orpheus has high aspirations - to promote a message that, while simple, can improve the quality of all our lives if taken to heart:
Live with Passion.
Check out the artist's website:
1. To Feel the Rain
3. Rise (for Cristina)
6. A Moment of Clarity
7. Twilight of the Mind
8. Dreams of Glory
9. Edge of Morning
13. October Sleeps