Submerging into “Breathe,” the instrumental album by Marc Allen, feels much like diving into a crystal-clear, gently undulating body of water. It is invigorating yet calming, a balancing act that Allen pulls off with considerable finesse. He showcases his ability to create an oasis of serenity through musical soundscapes, proving his aptitude as a seasoned musician honed since his early childhood and music writing from the tender age of 16.
Featuring a meditative, mellow compilation of tunes, the album is submerged in the genres of chill-out and easy listening, but lightly ventures into the realm of the cinematic. This is wonderfully illustrated with Allen on the piano, his fingers crafting narratives on the keys, while Sky Canyon enriches the atmosphere with his unique flare on the vibraphone and electric piano.
The opener, “Medieval Mist,” eases listeners into the album with a tender piano melody, the notes floating aloft like softly whispered secrets. From there, the album flows elegantly from one track to another, each piece whispering a concept, evoking a feeling, and sketching a soundscape that feels both intimate and grand.
“Breathe” excels as a collection of music that holds a dual purpose – it both stands strongly as a standalone work of art and beautifully lends itself to various applications. The songs have found their place in location-specific scenarios, serenading travelers on airline channels, nurturing a soothing atmosphere in spas and other healing environments, and adding depth to soundtracks for audio and video presentations and films. The recognition and application of the music speak volumes about the universality and adaptability of Allen’s creations.
Allen’s and Canyon’s combined work results in a palette of tranquility, where each track feels like a lullaby coaxing the chaos of the mind into a serene slumber. It’s easy to see why this album has found a welcome home in meditation spaces – it has a profound ability to clear the mind and invite introspection.
In an era where the clamor and rush of life often become overbearing, Marc Allen’s “Breathe” offers a much-needed respite. It’s a retreat into a realm where time slows down, the rustle of thoughts settle, and the sheer majesty of music healing the heart is felt and celebrated. With “Breathe,” Marc Allen doesn’t just create music, he crafts an experience – a haven where listeners can retreat, relax, and quite simply, breathe.