Album Review: “Love” by Christophe Goze

GozeLove coverChristophe Goze is no stranger name in the chillout scene. A talent whose creations have captivated listeners far and wide with his unique mix of chilled beats and Oriental influences, also touching the spheres of Jazz, have been part of several compilations. This without leaving aside his own single and album releases.

This time, his latest release comes in the form of a ‘mini-album’, called “Love”. A smaller-than-usual delivery, but making it no less packed with the soulfulness Christophe Goze is well-known for.

The lovely news of this release arrived on early September, in which Mr. Goze announced that a ‘mini album’ was on the way, as his creativity could no longer wait for a full-album release, and rightfully so. Why wait? It can never be too soon for a nice dose of Love.

The release of this mini-album arrived first with a lovely treat from the composer itself, who offered his latest work as a free download for a limited time prior hitting the digital stores, and a ‘digital inbox’ in which listeners could deliver their ‘Love letters’ to it.

This release features two brand-new tracks, titled ‘Cielo’ (which has been already selected for the upcoming Cafe Del Mar release, ‘Dreams 7’) and ‘Love’, along with three new mixes of the tracks “Memory of You”, “Mourir D’Aimer” and “Ti Voglio Bene”, all single releases from 2012.

The first track, ‘Cielo’, marks the opening of this release. Smooth-starting and soon joined by Goze’s soulful guitar, it makes a very relaxing beginning into the album. Piano, drums and flute come in to join this heavenly piece, building up in complexity as it flows by. The track that titles this release, ‘Love’, beautifully graced by some really unique vocals along with all its exquisite  instrumentation make a great listen as well.

Then we travel back in time, revisiting three outstanding releases in a newly mixed format. In ‘Memory of You’, Goze’s guitar interpretation shines brightly, accompanied with Arabic and Flamenco influences perfectly blended into its chilling beats. ‘Mourir D’Aimer’ is another welcome addition to this release; with vocals, drums, and exquisite arrangements which feature Oriental influences provide such an enjoyable listen. Similar elements are also present in ‘Ti Voglio Bene’, the closing track that feature ,-of course-, impeccable guitar skills and a beautiful musicality that give overall a lovely listening experience.

Chillaxing, soulful and well worthy of all its Love-letters sent, ‘Love’ carries much feeling beyond its 22 minutes long. One can easily assume, Love letters will keep pouring on!

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