Altered States: Music for the Journey Within

Altered States

Uma

Airo Audio

Uma has been recording New Age music since 1982—wow! Her new release, Altered States, is a stunning display of virtuoso minimalism co-existing in the middle ground between ambient and New Age, suffused with a haunting quality borne of space-between-notes lyricism, as well as a pervasive sense of calm even amidst the atypical sparse piano melodies. The synth that opens track two, “Voices From the Deep,” sent chills down my spine, but the minimal solo piano numbers (seven of the 13 pieces here) are where Uma’s artistry shines brightest, although truthfully, she is adept at layering multiple synthesizer textures with equal aplomb.

August 1, 2016
Reviewed by: 
Bill Binkelman