This is a New Age CD by one woman, a keyboardist who reminds of Suzanne Cianni, sundry Ibiza tripsters, a dollop of the better 70s Sky synthesists, elements of the IC roster (Software, Peter Seiler, Dancing Fantasy, Robert Schroeder, and the quasi-prog lads Klaus Schulze trotted out in the era), and more than a little of the Higher Octave / Private crowd. Could be wrong, but I'm guessing the percussion is sampled and triggered; if not, then Ms. Tosca ain't a bad percussionist either. Even so, she's certainly humanized the oft sterile ambiance of keyboard skins.
The atmospheres of Wind are lush, built well, spinning out sonic narrative like passing vistas viewed from a car window or cloud-hopping balloon. Polyrhythms keep materials squarely from falling into the monochromatic mistakes of so much of this mode, and Tosca allows herself plenty of time with each track, letting progressions go where they should. More than once, I was reminded of the late Pete Bardens' work in this vein for Baumann & Co.—and would that he might have extrapolated out this lengthily as well (alas, he passed untimely)—other times, a touch of Liz Story peeks through, as in "New Life" and elsewhere, though Tosca goes places Story never would, especially when a Berlin Pulse edges in a la Cybotron. In fact, New Life is an excellent exposition of the breadth of this woman's prowess, from delicate wispy filigree to muscular vibrant full-blooded élan. When progressive rock spawned the New Age offshoot, this is what it had in mind, not pallid one-dimensional advert jingles, and when she gets the final timbral and pitch-matching far ends of her work fully in synch, we're looking at a new first-level voice in the genre.
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