As a music geek, I can't help but be excited about last month and the month to come. Allow me to share a couple profiles of who I consider to be the names of those responsible for creating music that can only be described as gorgeous.
As a lover of the genre affectionately known as "prog-rock", I have always loved thoughtful instrumental music. First it was groups like Tristeza, Tortoise, and Unwed Sailor. Then it was The Mercury Program. But if you want the height of beautiful, introspective, emotional music, then look no further than The Cinematic Orchestra. Each album is a brilliant progression over the last, but (with only the exception of their first album) their entire library of music is without peer.
Live drums, some sampling, string and horn sections, guest vocalists, pianos, synthesizers, light guitar work and other elements get shaken up in a bottle with jazz and fusion touches that combine into a mix all its own. The songs can literally leave you breathless, while others will just grab you where you stand and freeze you in your tracks. What makes it work is the orchestration is varied, simple, yet complex and delicate in the way it combines so much yet remains so intentional and sparing. Never does it feel like too many instruments are playing too much. The song literally is king with this group, and they know how to push just the right notes to create a maximum sense of aural euphoria.