New Age Retailer –
Billy McLaughlin is one of the hottest acoustic guitarists
around. Blistering riffs spill from his fingers like liquid
light. But don’t look for nay of that on Guitar Meditations.
On their latest release, McLaughlin and SOUFLOOD have crafted
one of the best guitar-based meditation albums I’ve
ever heard. It is filled with gentle, quiet tunes floating
like leaves in a freshening breeze. Languorous chords seem
to defy gravity as ambient synthesizer textures frame the
music with golden glow.
Taking a break from your day with Guitar meditations is
like slowly moving along a lazy river. Nature sounds drift
by, softly punctuated by chimes and organic keyboards. At
times the music reminds me of Will Ackerman, and that’s
high praise, indeed. Like Ackerman, McLaughlin imbues his
music with subtle emotions, fleeting glimpses into the heart
that inspire listeners to the highest, most sublime sense
of the sacred. Guitar Meditations offers listeners divine
acoustic guitar music.
Ted Co, Music Reviewer –
In a complete departure from the flashy, fiery and unique
style of two-handed guitar finger picking, McLaughlin crafts
a peaceful and eloquent package of tranquil tunes reminding
one of Will Ackerman’s recordings for Windham Hill.
Harking back to the early pioneers of acoustic New Age,
McLaughlin has appeared on several Narada Albums both his
own and included with other guitar pickers. Here Soulfood
provides infrequent synth string introductions and background
for his sweet and melodic six string impressions. McLaughlin’s
special style, both in tuning and picking the guitar, makes
for a peaceful, easy listening album of multitracks. His
fingers seem to glide effortlessly across the strings. Not
until his final tracks does McLaughlin reprise his unique
style of previous recordings with an octet of fingers flying
across the fretboard. This latest collaboration between
McLaughlin and the successful SOULFOOD team provides an
hour of relaxing and meditative guitar styling.
Tom Schulte, Out Sight –
On Guitar Meditations, guitarist Billy McLaughlin joins
SOULFOOD for a tranquil blending of acoustic guitar and
synthesizer meditations. McLaughlin is a lauded jazz guitarist
for this reflective aural experience aimed at setting the
mood for massage, meditation and yoga.
The Light Connection, Vista, CA –
This musical journey integrating McLaughlin’s amazing
acoustic guitar with soothing synthesizer and ambiance by
SOULFOOD creates the perfect enhancement for massage, meditation
NAPRA Review –
McLaughlin’s softly unfolding acoustic guitar beckons
a moment’s repose and quietude. When joined by SOULFOOD’s
ambient soundscapes and synthesizer, the mix is ideal for
meditation, relaxation, and massage. With a background of
chimes, water, nature sounds, and hypnotic synth, gentle
strumming stirs a sense of peace and tranquility –
at once moving and stilling. Of special note are tracks
2, 7 and 11, which enhance the melodic and rhythmic depth
along this mostly smooth-flowing musical journey.