Russell Suereth’s new release is called “Spiritual Odyssey.” It is an emotionally charged album, filled with life wisdom and amazing melodies. On the rocky road towards spiritual awakening there are many challenges. “Spiritual Odyssey” is an honest portrait of such a journey, which makes it into one of this year’s most important and interesting New Age music releases.
“Spiritual Odyssey” is the fourth album from Russell Suereth and the first to feature his lyrics and singing as well as his electronic instrumentation. On a lifelong quest to promote a universal spirituality that will hopefully bring inspired people together to create a better world, Suereth uses music as one of his primary tools to reach people and elevate their sense of spirituality. Suereth is also the creator and host of the Spiritual Fizz Podcast and the publisher of Spiritual Fizz, an e-magazine that focuses on the connection of the spiritual and physical worlds.
Suereth composed, performed and produced the music on the album with some programming and production assistance from Miklos Malek, who also mixed and mastered the album. Additional production consultation and assistance were provided by Jeff Silverman, Aeone, and Byron Metcalf
Subtitled “A chronicle of a spiritual journey”, the instrumentation on “Spiritual Odyssey” is an interesting mix of sounds. Suereth explains: “I like my music to be made up of a variety of sounds, new and old. I like utilizing the sounds of classical instruments such as the oboe and cello and piano, and having them sound warm and natural, like old friends to our ears.”
“But then I also enjoy adding more modern instruments or the sounds of more unusual world music instrumentation. Sometimes I heavily process the sound which gives a more modern feeling.” Although occasionally quite rhythmic, most of the music on this album would fall into the ambient category. The melodies are not complicated and are sung within a fairly small range that is almost conversational - all very pleasant and soothing.
Spiritual Odyssey is meant for active listening. It is not background music. It demands something from you. But when you take the time, you will see what a rewarding listen this is.
Since the album takes the listener on a spiritual journey, it makes more sense to describe the full journey. Each of the ten songs on the album chronicles a step on the path of the journey. It begins with “Break the Chains,” a call to break free of the constraints and boundaries that keep you from a more spiritual existence.
As you gradually transform, you travel to Virgo and other distant places to learn how the universe works. New perspectives allow you to see things more clearly. Even though you continue to encounter hurdles in life, accept them as they will help you grow. The closing song, “A Burning Rainbow” signifies that your spiritual essence now radiates depth and color.
Russell Suereth’s vocal will especially appeal to fans of Peter Buffett and Micahel Cretu’s solo material. It also features very impressive synth arrangements. This album Spiritual Odyssey is not just melodies, it is small pieces of art. There are so many layers of sound to appreciate. But in all, its intricacy, Russell manages to keep the melodic focus throughout the album
With the stress and craziness of our modern world, any attempts to bring comfort and positive change should be embraced with open arms! May the messages in Spiritual Odyssey lead us in that direction! The album is refreshing and a very different release. If there is such a thing as New Age pop, it truly comes to life on Spiritual Odyssey.
One of This Year’s most important and interesting New Age music releases!
Russell Suereth The New Album “Spiritual Odyssey” is Out Now!
Spiritual Fizz Podcast & Magazine
The Spiritual Fizz Podcast and e-magazine reveal the connections between the spiritual and physical worlds. Travel with us to the stone circles of Europe, the rock art of the Sahara Desert, and other ancient sites that connect us with the spiritual world. We’ll have lively discussions with mindful guests about their own personal spiritual experiences and insights. You’ll hear about upcoming events and reflect on commentaries about the spiritual world around us.
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