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Review of Skywatching in IO Pages

Christian Welde is a Norwegian musician, who with Skywatching releases his second CD. His first album, Fairytales (1998), I found an interesting disc of ambient music, but Skywatching is quite varied and with some good songs.

The first song, Carpet Ride has a nice atmosphere, a Steve Hackett-like guitar sound by Roger Pedersen and the beautiful voice of Jan Toft. It is a bit like the CD Madcap Flaming Beauty by Tangerine Dream.

Welde also has jazzy elements, like the saxophone of Ole Jacob Hystad in Birds of Passage, but personally I'm not so found of the saxophone. The voice of Helene Bonander on the other hand, is beautiful and provides great atmosphere.

The amazing guitar work of Pedersen we hear in There and Beyond, along with the saxophone.

The Flight, by Alice Hellevik, is a very strong number. The same goes for the ambient-like Summer Forest, Meadows Edge, the classic Interlude and October Air.

What Place is This, again Helene Bonander and Pedersen, sounds like music from a musical and Touch The Sky sounds like film music.

The last track, Haukeli, an experimental piece, is disappointing.

Skywatching has an icy atmosphere that is appropriate to the country from which the composer comes. It is a beautiful and attractive CD with several well-played tracks.

Paul Rijkens, IO Pages Magazine,
October 2010