Once in a while a voice of such quality and beauty rises up that it transcends all musical styles and cultures. Pia has such a voice. Her gentle, echoing vocals and the enigmatic arrangements create a warm heavenly sound. It is a gorgeous collection of heartfelt songs.
'If you like Enya and Clannad you will adore Pia's Benediction Moon'. Pia (Gaurangi) sings to express her feelings, to even release negative emotions in a positive way through singing. She sings from the heart.
The spiritual aspect of Pia's music is very important to her. Following a period performing the rock opera 'Bhagavad Gita', she studied with the renowned Bengali musician and vocalist Haridas Ganguli, and has toured extensively performing Bhajans (traditional Indian spiritual songs). Pia has performed with artists such as Boy George, John Richardson, and Dream Academy. Benediction Moon is her first solo recording.
Review by Brett:
Haunting is a word often used to describe vocals such as these. But these lyrics don't feel haunting, they are more lyrical, lingering and accomplished. The voice is used more as an instrument rather than a vehicle for conveying words, although all the words are written on the inside sleeve. This is a best-selling album.
Total Running Time: 50 minutes
2 Benediction Moon
3 Angelus Cantus
4 Siren Song
6 Feel Free
More About the Symbol of the Moon
Throughout many traditions the sun represents the father and male principle and the moon the mother and feminine principle. The energy of the moon is intuitive, deep, subtle, feminine and psychic. To say this is a feminine energy does not mean to say this energy is just for women. Men and women have their female and male aspects. We all develop them both.
The moon is also associated with clairvoyance and knowing without thinking. To use the energy of the moon does not involve conscious thought. So to wear or have around you the symbol of the moon is to state your universal intention to use your intuition, to simply go with what you feel and to know that to do this is for your greater good.
The moon has different phases and throughout these phases it affects us in different ways. For example the full moon represents illumination, unconscious made conscious and all can be seen. The crescent moon symbolises new beginnings and the making of dreams into reality. Because of this cyclic nature the moon it is also connected to rebirth and how our true essence really is immortal.
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I have a number of CDs with artificially created “etheric” music. They are lovely and I listen to them very often. But how original can these CDs be? There are so many of them on the market. I did wonder how this CD may be different. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised. This singer has a beautiful voice. Her music is not just something to hear in the background whilst being involved in some other activity. If you try to do that you will find yourself shifting your attention to her singing. She does have a gentle, dreamy quality to her singing. On the other hand there is enough of a groundedness in the manner of her singing that does not allow you to dismiss it as just wallpaper music. The songs have structure and movement. There is a journey taken. There are beginnings and endings. I have become a fan of her singing and I hope to find more of her work around. Do give her a try and you will not be disappointed.