Robert A. Wolf | Krakatoa

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Krakatoa

by Robert A. Wolf

Featured on The Weather Channel this downtempo, stylish electronica, acoustic piano, guitars and bass, complimented by beautiful and erotic ambient vocalizations. New age meets progressive structure in this relaxing mood setting atmospherical dream music.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Island of Dreams
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2. Landfall
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3. Kocatu
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4. No Horizon
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5. Cloud of Tephra
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6. Antalya
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7. Caldera Sea
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8. Midnight Mary
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9. Distant Lights
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10. Eva's Reflection
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11. Burnt Orchid
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12. Cracking the Mountain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Krakatoa is the 3rd album project from keyboardist and indie film composer Robert A. Wolf.
Released in May 2009 the Krakatoa album has been a long time comming. It has been 10 years since Robert's 1999 Paradox album, which was a follow-up to his first release in 1993 Sanctuary. Both earlier albums had 10 songs each and a similar mix of compositions.
The larger 12 song Krakatoa album could well be considered Robert's break out album in which he breaks from the format of albums past, and ventures into new sonic territory.

Robert’s sound has been compared with other artist as Ryan Farish, Vangelis, Enya,
Deep Forest, and Enigma. With melodic riffs, and downtempo beats like those of
Tangerine Dream along with vocal stylings of Katy-T, a talented vocalist from Australia.
Robert worked with studios worldwide such as Digifish Studios in Australia and has focused in on the genre which is surely
his best work to date.

Included on the CD are tracks from motion pictures Robert has written scores for.
Mary Shelley’s-The Last Man(2008), and Scorned(2009).

The songs, 'Distant Lights', No Horizon, Caldera Sea, & 'Cloud of Tephra' have been featured in The Weather Channel's Local on the 8's segment as well as airplay on several radio stations across America.

Why the name Krakatoa on such a mellow album? It was appropriately named after the infamous Indonesian volcano because of the ten years since Robert’s last album these new songs have been waiting and building pressure
like magma to finally erupt (if you will) and be recorded as he has been doing the last few years before the release.

Read Inside World Music's review of Krakatoa here - http://insideworldmusic.blogspot.com/2010/12/cd-review-robert-wolfs-krakatoa.html


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LCW- Sunshine Review

Best Album of the Year
I would like to start off by saying that I really love this album. I am somewhat familiar with Robert's earlier work like 1993's Sanctuary and 1999's Paradox CD's, and as good as his debut album was 16 years ago, this is by far his best work to date. Maybe now I know why it has taken so long between releases, Robert has been working on the craft of enjoyable dreamy mood instrumentals. Unlike other ambient style music I listen to, Robert seems to write actual songs with a beginning middle and end. Well maybe except for (Eva's Reflection), but I can understand that was one of his movie scores, but even that song conjures up movie scenes in my mind. All of these songs on this CD take your mind on a soothing adventure, they are well crafted and executed, and I'm happy to get 12 of them on this CD. Robert's other CD's only had 10 songs, which that alone I understand is above average for any CD in todays indie EP slanted world.
I even like the colorful cover art and inside (volcano) concept that would have had a much larger impact had it been released on a 12" vinyl in the days of old. It's nice to see there are still some artist that go the extra mile in that catagory.

I can also see why The Weather Channel has chosen so many songs from this CD to feature on local on the 8's, it fits perfectly into their smooth jazz/new age format. Many songs have the airy vocals that you would find in a Enya or Celtic type songs, and the melisma lead vocal styling's are dreamy and wonderful sounding. Even the Gregorian chant alyrical vocals in the song 'Landfall' are hauntingly relaxing. Several songs in the middle of the album have some flavorful spanish guitar in the mix.
And 'Cracking the Mountain'ends the 12 song juggernaut on a up tempo climax as if the peaceful mountain of music on this CD suddenly decided to add lava to the spice.
I think that's why this CD is separate from his earlier work, these are instrumentals that are kicked up a notch.
Krakatoa is most certainly an eruption of dreamy mind wondering music.
This CD is a must have if your collection includes, Moby, Ryan Farish, Tangerine Dream, Enya, Vangelis or any other tasty mood instrumentals. And in Krakatoa, Robert A. Wolf has created a very tasty album indeed -
Delicious! - I highly recommend it.