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The Scent of Light

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While The Scent of Light is Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra's first studio album featuring the band since 2004's La Semana, the recording picks up on the spacial sensibility of the recent binaural CD Up Close by spreading the sound across the full stereo field to create superb listening depth. While Ottmar has stepped away from the recent minimalism of his 2007 Grammy nominated solo album One Guitar, you still sense the high resolution, beautiful clarity, and live combo dynamic. It's a layered recording, with the multiple guitars, basses, keyboards & percussion subtly exchanging altitude, rooms, and dimensions. The excellent detailing and positioning leaves a lot of space for the imagination to roam, resulting in a big sound, big pictures, big stories.

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With one of his two 2008 releases, The Scent of Light, Nouveau Flamenco pioneer Ottmar Liebert opens up his music into horizons that are new, yet also recall his 1993 CD, The Hours Between Night + Day. Like that album, many of the songs here are inspired by Liebert's travels, and similarly, rather than fiery flamenco, he takes a more introspective path with subtle, spacious arrangements. Ambient music, which he explored in the 1990s on Opium, remains an influence in Liebert's music. He uses electronics to gently shape the acoustic space around his guitar and band with reverse percussion echoes on "Firelight," call and response guitars on "The River: Writing in Water," and a tamboura drone and tabla on the haunting "Candlelight." Mellotron flutes and reverse guitar bring "Moonlight," the most arresting melody on the album, to a haunting close as it dissolves into birds and wind. The centerpiece of The Scent of Light is "Silence, No More Longing." It's an 11 minute excursion that builds from a solo flamenco alap to multi-tracked guitars adding ambient electronics, bass, percussion, and finally unleashing a quiet electric storm from guitarist Stephen Duros. Like the album, it takes you from a world of interior ruminations to exterior vistas. -- John Diliberto
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spiral Subwave Records International LLC
  • ASIN: B001AR019M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Anderson on September 1, 2008
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I have been listening to Ottmar for many years. This is an awesome achievement on his part, I think. I have not stopped listening since I bought it. A definite must for Ottmar fans!
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Ottmar does it again. The sounds are crisp and the tempo is one of a kind. I never get tired to listening to this cd. A big fan and it's nice to hear without the brass this time around. Highly recommended!
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I turn my cable tv station to the soundscape channel when I want to relax and I have been finding that a lot of beautiful music I would not normally hear on the radio or tv or otherwise is on this channel. I dont know who this man is but he is very talented and touches the soul. This is one of the best albums I have ever heard in my life and it made me feel so good. I am buying them for Xmas gifts to give to friends.
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First album I've listened to from Ottmar. I'm only just discovering "new flamenco" style music. The only other music I have in this genre is Jesse Cook, whose work I've greatly enjoyed as well.

Spacious and uplifting, great rythms/melodies, and of course some really impressive guitar work.

Don't be confused by other references to cable tv channels, this is also pretty well recorded and certainly worth listening to on a decent system / headphones, lot of subtle layers and detail buried in here.
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Technically Ottmar Liebert is very good, but musically left me wanting. It's OK background sound for around the house tasks, but not something I would bring out to play for guests. That's just me. Delivery was very quick. Product is in great shape. Thanks.
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The title says it -- light you can not only see and feel, but catch the scent of. What can you say about a master? This is one of his most beautiful, and the good news is there will be more. Give yourself a treat -- relax, close your eyes, and experience.
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By Ana H. C. Smith on September 6, 2008
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Ottmart Liebert music is usually a pleasure to listen to. An this last album is among the best he has realeased along with Winter Rose, Poets and Angels. He understand the music and the "moods" that goes with it. A must listen to.
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I always enjoy listening to music by Ottmar. Always relaxing and makes me think of nice sunny, relaxing times. Play it in my car on the way to work daily - helps me start the day out on a mellow note!
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