Ambient – New Age Music
Best Ambient Album of the Year 2020
Guided by the gentle glow in the night skies that inspired me to give voice to messages the famous sisters of the Pleiades whispered into my ears, as a shaman might converse with their spirit world, my album Pleiades was awarded “Best Ambient Album of the Year” in 2020.
The Pleiades, also known as the seven sisters, have guided and inspired multitudes of travelers and sailors on their journeys across the lands and seas while in search of adventure and their destinies. Throughout history, people from all corners of the globe have woven into their myths their fascination with the famous star cluster known as the Pleiades. The legends surrounding these stars have had an enormous influence on the human psyche and the collective awareness of our place in the cosmos. They continue to charm and fascinate to this day.
Pleiades Awarded Best Ambient Album of the Year
— What the Critics had to Say:
Listening to Taygete, the first track Christel Veraart’s new release The Pleiades felt like being inside a cosmic cathedral, but with a few exceptions. The height and breadth of this church is endless. The stained glass windows are made out of stars. And there is room for all the faithful of the universe. The capacity is infinite. The amount of grace from the participation in this phenomenon is immeasurable. In many instances Christel’s angelic, haunting voice blends with a soft harp to call to you and beckon to you to take part in the experience. I am now a believer
— RJ LANNAN, ARTISAN MUSIC REVIEWS
Pleiades is the result of allowing the soul to reach out, to ‘connect’ to the whispering to be discovered when allowing the mind to traversing the depths of space. Veraart sought out and discovered the magic of Pleiades calling to her and has used her vast background in vocal creativity to sing in ‘tongues’ recognisable to all who choose to listen, telling in a wonderfully rich and bewitching dreamscape the stories of the Seven Sisters.
— JANET MAWDESLEY, BLUE WOLF REVIEWS
Sonically immersed in a divine feminine aura of sacred mystery, Pleiades is an engrossingly enchanting album best played at night and will unquestionably appeal to many fans of Lisa Gerrard, Áine Minogue and Hildegard von Bingen!
— CANDICE MICHELLE, JOURNEYSCAPES RADIO
Veraart is a distinct new voice in the space-ambient scene, bringing an intimate chamber music feel to the genre. Her musical glossolalia will remind some of the secret-language vocalizations of Lisa Gerrard. A more apt comparison—also recommended—would be Jennifer Grais who has recorded with tribal ambient master Byron Metcalf, or Serena Gabriel (collab. w/Steve Roach). Like them, Veraart’s crystalline voice is strong enough to avoid the clichés of wispy-voiced new-age sirens.
— PAUL ASBURY SEAMAN
We talked to the talented musician and composer Christel Veraart over an email regarding her latest album, Pleiades. How did she get the inspiration to compose the music and what all conspired during the process and how has been the reception among the listeners–we talked about it all.
– VIVEK KUMAR, NEW MUSIC ALERT –INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTEL VERAART REGARDING HER NEWEST ALBUM: PLEIADES
Extraordinarily beautiful on every level, this tribute to 7 stars in the Pleiades cluster, speaks to us in languages that may seem foreign to the ears, but not to the soul…
— DYAN GARRIS, NEW AGE CD
Christel’s total talent brings brand-new perspectives to ambient music… her stunning vocal work will reach down deep inside of you and touch your heart…
— DICK METCALF, CONTEMPORARY FUSION
Christel musically interprets this famous star cluster known as ‘The Pleiades’, also known as ‘The ‘Seven Sisters’. You’ll experience some evocative choral vocals and melodic Synthonique instrumentation. ‘Lady-Hawke Dorthe’ and I adore this stellar album!” Recommended Tracks: “Asterope”, “Merope”, “Celaeno”, and Electra!” Hawke Rating: 10/10!
— TERRY JAMES HAWKE, RATINGS AND REVIEWS HAWKE-FRIENDZ
… Pleiades” by Christel Veraart is a phenomenal ambient album! It is highly meditative and there is a lot of variation in sound without breaking the overall design… The need for a break from 24/7 newscasts and social media is perhaps even greater now than ever before. Christel Veraart’s “Pleiades” will take you mind lightyears away in an instant, guaranteed. That is a major accomplishment.
— BT FASMER, NEW AGE MUSIC GUIDE
… Christel Veraart pays homage to the cluster of seven stars known as The Pleiades. Also known as “The Seven Sisters,” there is one track named for each sister and the messages that they whisper into the spheres … Soothing and ambient with more than a touch of magic, I can easily see this album hitting the top of the charts in no time!
— KATHY PARSONS, MAINLYPIANO.COM
If you ever wanted to verify the power of sound in its tonality and vibration, this is where you can feel it–like a scoop of an earth-moving crane, Christel’s vocals carry you and transport to the starry worlds, where mysteries become mystical and unknown becomes the most cherished companion…
— VIVEK KUMAR, NEW MUSIC ALERT
“… Pleiades by Christel Veraart is a phenomenal ambient album! It is highly meditative and there is a lot of variation in sound without breaking the overall design… The need for a break from 24/7 newscasts and social media is perhaps even greater now than ever before. Christel Veraart’s “Pleiades” will take you mind lightyears away in an instant, guaranteed. That is a major accomplishment.”
– BT Fasmer, New Age Music Guide
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