eric petersen | Neon in the Black

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Neon in the Black

by eric petersen

The music of places we've been, Of memories and dreams,Rich and deep. Melodies that move us, A soundscape for life.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Andalusian Summer
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2. Bastogne 1944
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3. Girl Trapped in House
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4. Flying
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5. Welcome
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6. Along the River Seine
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7. Subway Strut
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8. Interplanetary Traveler
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9. Montauk,walking With My Father
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10. Peace. For Pat
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Eric Petersen has been on a journey to merge electronic, classical and americana. since he was five years old, Absorbing the music of Aaron Copeland,
Igor Stravinsky, Jan Hammer, Joe Zawinul, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, As well as the rock of the San Francisco bay area of the sixties and seventies, he has shaped his music into all of these and yet, his own voice remains at the heart of all of his music,
Along the way he has played with some fine musicians like Gordon and Richard Rhodes, Mako Natsume, Tim Sanz ( Mr. Euphoria ) Joe Palermo and Lyle Workman. His CD Neon in the Black was a multiple award nominee in the 2006
New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Awards including Album of the year and Best new artist, He performed new compositions at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in 2005 with the Seattle Composer's Alliance live concert events, He has scored three short films for the Seattle International Film Festival, Mission Improbable-2006
The Policy-2007 and Target Practice-2007.
The song, Peace, For Pat was number one on Music Choice digital cable 17 different weeks in 2006 and 2007 and has been played around the world on over 217 radio stations including XM and Sirius,
The CD Neon in the Black has gotten fine reviews from the following,
R.J. Lannan and Bill Binkelman of the New Age Reporter and was featured on WMNR in November of 2006,
Short samples can be heard on iTunes and of course at CD Baby
He is composing music for a variety of film and television projects and the new CD is in progress as well.
Thank you for listening ! !


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robin

lush layers of pleasing synthesized instruments
love it. good mix of songs.about half the songs have a drum track.
tracks 6 and 7 are the least subdued tracks and are a nice counterpoint to this velvety disc.

R.J. Lannan

Drama, Texture, and melody
Listening to Eric Petersen’s music is like going through a exotic fabric shop made of music. There your hands touch smooth and rough, silky and soft and warm. Always warmth. And there are so many unexpected colors, even if the title is Neon in the Black. Rating: Very Good - - reviewed by RJ Lannan on 3/5/2006

bill binkelman

"blew my socks off" !!
ERIC PETERSEN
Neon in the Black
Self-released (2005)

Neon in the Black is yet another example (in my career, I figure this at the least the tenth) of the maxim “quality, not quantity.” While the CD is only thirty minutes long, the songs contained on this “maxi-EP” are so damn appealing that it’s considerably better than a lot of full-length albums I’ve heard in my time as a reviewer. The recording is almost ridiculously well-engineered – seriously, this sounds like a major label release. The paper sleeve that the album arrived in, while adorned with excellent artwork and graphics, gives no hint of the sophisticated and accomplished music within the cardboard container. I can’t remember the last time I was so surprised by the sheer quality of a recording which came from seemingly out of nowhere and was so modestly packaged.

Since there are almost no liner notes and the artist’s CDBaby page is bereft of anything but sparse details, any attempt at detailed analysis of, e.g. instrumentation, on my part would be fraught with possible errors. I imagine that Petersen is, primarily, a keyboard player (the album features a lot of piano in addition to electronic keyboards). I also assume that some or most of the other instruments I hear on Neon in the Black are sampled, although it’s anyone’s guess about this. However, with music this fantastic, I frankly don’t give a damn.

One of the more interesting aspects to the album is the fact that tracks 3 through 5 are each only one minute long! Other songs range from three-and-a half to five-and-a half minutes in duration. The opening cut, “Andalusian Summer,” starts things off in fine fashion with lush orchestral strings, Spanish-style guitar, and a strong dose of romantic nostalgia, all done up in perfect production. The three short tracks are somewhat abstract in nature, although, rest assured, they’re also entirely accessible. “Girl Trapped in House” is followed by “Flying” and then by “Welcome.” I suspect the artist has a scheme in mind for these three short vignettes and that perhaps they form a kind of musical triptych of sorts.

The CD really hits its real stride with the fifth song, “Along the River Seine” a laid-back yet funky blend of jazz and chill-out with unbelievably catchy beats, a mellow lead synth line, subtle jazzy runs on piano and lush strings underneath it all. This is simply a killer track and one of the best songs of the past year, period. Right after it is another great selection, “Subway Strut,” and it may be even better than “…Seine.” The pulsing electronic rhythms, superb piano, cool Fender Rhodes-like tones, and overall funky nature of the song remind of a blend of Peter Blake and Michael Whalen’s jazzier side. Tasty stuff indeed!

The artist also deftly handles quieter more subdued pieces too, such as the mellow “Montauk, Walking with My Father” which ambles along with its blend of chilled beats and lilting melody. “Interplanetary Traveler” mixes jazz trumpet with spacy synths galore and propulsive trap kit drums and it works like a charm, aglow with starlight and driven with a sense of urgency by the rhythms and synths. “Peace, For Pat” concludes the CD with a sprightly but gentle new age jazz number, with delicious bell tones reverberating among piano and strings.

I’ve written many times that the real joy of being a music reviewer is the discovery of the unexpectedly delightful recording – one that astonishes even the jaded listener and makes one realize that there is still a lot of great music out there to be released. Neon in the Black is one such album and Eric Petersen is a highly talented artist who I can only hope will continue recording music. This CD blew my socks off and if you like highly accessible music that mashes together jazz, electronica and new age music, I can’t believe that you won’t be equally impressed.

Rating: 4

Bill Binkelman
Producer and Host
Wind and Wire
KFAI-FM
Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN

Kris

Absolutely LOVE this CD!!!!!!
We first heard Peace for Pat on Soundscapes cable music station and absolutely loved this song and the style. We have since purchased and listened to this CD and love the whole thing. We have played it so much in the past week and can not get enough it. I hope this artist puts out more music soon!

A Hammermen

Smooth, well composed
Very well but together, "The Best Music of it's Type", this music keeps you listening and smiling. I hope this very talented artist produces more music for us to enjoy.

A. Sousa

Awesome!
I love this CD! Peace, For Pat is my favorite song ever! I do interpritive dance to it in my room.

Ron

Super awsome album & especially Along the River Seine
This album shows how talented Eric is, in the different styles, beats and sounds that it contains. It takes a great song to get me to buy the CD, when I have never heard of the artist or his music. Along the River Seine is that kind of song. I will be looking forward to more from Eric.