Koen Faber, better known as Allay, has just released his debut artist album over on the Silk Music Imprint. Known for signing high quality progressive house and chillout music, my personal music roots delve very deeply into this heavenly music label.
“Journey Of The Velvet Adorned Nomad” contains 14 tracks, all consisting of their own unique vibrant and heartwarming stories. Before we get into background information surrounding Allay‘s recent artist album, have a look at some of Allay’s beautiful past work.
The first ever teaser to Allay‘s heavenly album project occurred with the single “Journey’s End”. This serene chillout track features crisp vocals and downtempo melodies. The YouTube video provides blissful sights of the sun reflecting over a lake in this truly fitting production. Narrow Skies and Skyline Drive are also featured in this track.
When we delve just a bit further into Allay’s catalogue, we see the same three amazing contributors on their previous EP (Silk Music), entitled “Eos”. It’s no wonder “Journey’s End” was a perfect production… Narrow Skies‘ serene vocals are the immediate attention grabber in this three track EP.
Before that, Allay graced us with a three track EP, “Rekindle The Inner Light” on May 18, 2017. Featuring Hugo Allen, this three track EP provides soulful melodies for a true chillout experience.
Most recently, Allay released his debut artist album on Silk Music. It is truly a treat to chillout and progressive house fans alike. Label residents Narrow Skies, Delectatio, Jani R, Skyknock, The Cynic Project, Skyline Drive, Rod V, ElDera, Andevour, Inuuro, and SineRider all appear as collaborators on this project. The power of artist collaboration is immense, and Allay certainly relays that point in this album…
Label/Cat#: Silk Music – SILKA029
Year: 07 Sep 2018
Style: Downtempo, Progressive House
1. Allay & Skyline Drive feat. Jan Martin – A Spiritual Calling (05:22)
2. Allay & Delectatio – Crossing The Vermillion Dunes (04:41)
3. Allay & Jani R – Soaring Through The Eternal Blue Skies (05:17)
4. Allay & Skyknock – Wandering The Golden Mountains (04:34)
5. Allay – Embarking On The Celestial Pilgrimage (04:33)
6. Allay & The Cynic Project – Astral Premonition (04:44)
7. Allay – Reveries In Disarray (04:34)
8. Allay, Narrow Skies & Skyline Drive – Last Speck Of Light (05:45)
9. Allay & Rod V – Adrift In The Borderless Sea (06:08)
10. Allay & ElDera – Down Into The Cimmerian Depths (07:45)
11. Allay & Andevour – Lucent Thoughts (04:54)
12. Allay & Inuuro – Voyage To The Inner Mind (04:29)
13. Allay & SineRider – Opening The Last Chakra (03:33)
14. Allay, Narrow Skies & Skyline Drive – Journey’s End (03:17)
Total length: 01:09:36
More information (kind words from Silk Music):
The word “allay” connotes the act of putting one’s fears and worries at rest. Allay, the beloved Dutch chillout & downtempo composer, delivers on the promise of his name, as he offers us both a soothing and spiritually uplifting aural pilgrimage, courtesy of “Journey Of The Velvet Adorned Nomad,” his debut album on our imprint. An ambitious undertaking, guided by a quest to seek beyond the mundane world and explore the unknown, the album showcases a dozen new collaborative works with a variety of fellow Silk Music label veterans, as well as a pair of equally captivating solo works.
The journey of the titular ‘nomad’ is illustrated through 14 distinct compositions, each one helping to guide the narrative. While most of the tracks are instrumental, the album opener, “A Spiritual Calling,” features the wistful vocals of Jan Martin; later on, we are graced with two vocal contributions from Narrow Skies, Allay‘s frequent muse. Much anticipated collaborations with Delectatio, Jani R, Skyknock, The Cynic Project, Skyline Drive, Rod V, ElDera, Andevour, Inuuro, and SineRider are simply breathtaking and offer veteran downtempo fans the rare opportunity to hear these extraordinary veterans lending their compositional gifts to the same conceptual release. By the time the album closes with the achingly beautiful “Journey’s End,” the listener has experienced myriad introspective moments, each offering the promise of both tranquility and transcendence.
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