Known for his soulful contemporary weaving of jazz, new age music and pop instrumental, with such notable recent recordings on the EverSound label (“Everlasting” & “Shadow Crossing”), “Hard Rains Often Fall” Curtis Macdonald’s newest collection of romantic and mood inducing Chill / New Age Contemporary Instrumentals are a tapestry of beautiful acoustic piano melodies bathed in a unique blend of transparent electronica and acoustic instruments with modern down-tempo grooves.
Macdonald’s heartfelt approach is original in essence with endearing memorable and catchy choruses and his signature lyrical improvised piano solos compliment the character of each composition.
It opens with “Beyond the New Dawn”, an early morning journey with acoustic guitar, pattern electronica and filtered percussion with a piano melody and chorus inspiring hope and resurrection. Followed by the emotional “Echoes of a Tender Heart”, acoustic guitar, lush pads and atmospheric electronica surround a gorgeous single line piano melody with a heartfelt chorus. Next is “The Empress Golden Rose”, pattern electronica, spacious vocal pads and a Chinese Erhu violin compliment the enchanting piano melody that evolves into a beautiful chorus.
The collection continues with the romantic and moody “Sighs of Simpler Times”, a reflective piano melody with an encouraging chorus and a thoughtful bridge bathed in delayed and sustained electronica. The pace picks up with the adventurous “Racing the Clouds”. A kaleidoscope of harp patterns, electronica and a pulsing rhythmic groove weave an accompaniment for the haunting piano melody and chorus. The music takes a turn with the mood inducing “Diamonds in the Night Sky”, a “Chopin” influenced 6/8 with an exquisite piano melody and yearning chorus cradled in transparent electronica.
The title track “Hard Rains Often Fall” with its filtered percussion, acoustic guitar and pattern electronica support the passionate piano melody and chorus. The music continues with “The Life that Lights your Smile”, a sweet and tender piano melody and chorus with acoustic guitar, wordless vocals and effervescent electronica. The collection winds down with “This Feeling of Love”, electronica patterns and sustains and an Irish flute caress a romantic piano melody and chorus. As with anything as you leave a memory, “Always Kiss Me Goodbye” finishes the collection with a heartfelt piano melody and chorus accompanied by elegant electronica with a pulsating transparent groove.
“Love this CD” - Renée Blanche, Night Tides 89.3 FM - KCUR
“Hard Rains Often Fall is Spectacular!” - Doug Goffus, The Goffus Rock Experience - WEBR
"Absolutely genuinley beautiful music with lots of soul behind it. Your piano sings and has a life of it's own. Your loops are crystal clear and fit with the music without trying to compete for air time. Your music breaths, Your music is honest and transperant, hooky, melodic and definately high high end caliber production that is on a world class scale" - Shawn Glynn