REVIEW: Cheryl B. Engelhardt — A Seeker’s Slumber (LP)

A Seeker’s Slumber is the enchanting new album from the terrific New Age composer and songwriter, Cheryl B. Engelhardt. For the listener seeking balance and tranquility in their listening experience, A Seeker’s Slumber harnesses all that is beautiful about electronic music and striking piano beds. It’s a mix of instrumental tracks, humming vocals and lyrics that tell universal stories. Through it all, Engelhardt proves just why her voice and artistry is the chill vibe for which we’re all searching.

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From the opening “Ithaca”, a gorgeous instrumental, one can gather that this listening experience is going to be engaging and active. It’s not just having background noise, it’s like having a tiny nudge to center yourself and be alert. Just like yoga practice, “Ithaca” is preparing the listener to be in-tune with their breathing. The second track, “Awaecnian”, which is translated to mean “awaken” is a unique collaboration. Engelhardt worked with an astonishing 37 members of the independent mastermind AMPLIFY to create this New Age sonic experience. It’s bright with chanting and chiming bells.

Water is a consistent theme throughout A Seeker’s Slumber, and it was very apparent in the third track, “Circlet of Pisces”. Depicted as a fish in the Zodiac, Pisces, alludes to water and creativity. “Circlet of Pisces” sounds like a morning outside, near a pond. The piano sounds like what the sound would be if light and the splashing fish came together. Just over a minute left of the song, a more mysterious tone, a perplexing arrangement flows. It’s as if a new underground corridor were revealed. She touches upon water much later again in the album with “Anyway You Choose”.

One of the album’s standouts is “Unwind”. I loved the blend of evocative lyrics and the dainty piano. It’s a pretty sound with lyrics like “you cannot unwind me; I am not lost just because you can’t find me.” I found this song to be reminiscent of an empowerment song. It felt like Engelhardt was sharing more of her soul, whereas in other tracks, it was about giving the listener an open (safe) space to let go. “Unwind” has moments that feel slightly tense, but never hurried or dangerous.

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“Mother Gaia ‘’ featuring Joanie Leeds and Chava Mirel starts out almost somber, content. It builds into a quicker, almost pitter-patter vibe. I loved how the electronic music beds pick along, almost like they were pitching guitar strings. Besides the midway track, “Emerald Dreams” (a soft instrumental), the album also includes “Pentacle Path”, “Temperance” and “Sopor”. These songs are whimsical, and I found myself falling into them as if they were a waterbed or a comforting blanket. It’s one thing to be relaxed, it’s another thing to be completely absorbed by sound. A Seeker’s Slumber is not meant to put you asleep, in my opinion, but it’s a vehicle to create a balance between life’s anxieties, triumphs and challenges. Engelhardt has once again carved out a niche to give her listeners an enchanting experience. Top marks indeed for A Seeker’s Slumber.

Colin Jordan

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Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer

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Colin Jordan

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Graduate: McNeese State University, Avid Beekeeper, Deep Sea Diver & Fisherman, Horrible Golfer

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