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R J Lannan ,

As We Imagine

Lisa Pressman
As We Imagine

It has been a while since keyboardist and composer Lisa Pressman released a new album, but As We Imagine was well worth the wait. She has gifted us with ten light, dynamic ambient tunes that power those flights of fancy that we need and crave. Lisa has a deft touch with keyboards, piano, and voice on this foray into the land of daydreams and electronic fantasies. Joining her on the album is her longtime partner, Tim Ponzek on synthesizers and contributing to the orchestral blandishments on the album. Let us ascend.
As We Imagine is the first tune. Lisa keeps everything light, unified, and uplifting. We can totally relax and immerse ourselves in the music. The gentle, transparent piano score allows us to ponder the what ifs and the maybes that elude us all the time. Atmosphere of Love became a favorite tune on As We Imagine. Every time I played the album, and it was quite a few times, this particular song pulled me into its flowing, intoxicating melody. The addition of a graceful chorus gave the tune a seraphic feel. We are light. We are free. We are above. We are one.
Lisa’s Sea of Tranquility is not filled with endless oceans of salty water. It is filled with stars. As we drift along with the music, we can touch some of them. We can wish on some of them. And we can become one of them. All of this astral power was locked up and then the music gave us entry. Is that sea of stars somewhere high in the heavens or is it closer? Much closer. Perhaps it is inside us. Every star is a thought, a memory, or a wish.
In some ways we never left our armchair, but we made a fantastic journey and we returned. Pressman’s Voyage Home is a sublime piano refrain with a touch of sadness. It may be the ache of nostalgia at leaving a place that gave us succor and strength. The silver lining however, was that you could feel with each passing moment, that there was more light on which to draw upon. Sheltering Wings. It is a memorable piece of music that I shall never forget. It has piano, bass, and voice and is an uncomplicated tune, but the melody is evocative and quite beautiful. I never tired of hearing Lisa’s bittersweet rendering. To me the music says the challenge is to rise above. The hard part is doing it on your own.
A bit of warbling atmospheric sensibilities opens Hidden Treasure as we discover something new and exciting. There is a brightness to the music. A quirky discovery that takes us on an imaginary adventure. The gold is found not at the end of a rainbow, but perhaps within ourselves. Let’s keep looking until we find it. The final tune is called At First Light. A little ironic that I write this as the sun ascends into the Smoky Mountain sky. A pale pink at first, then a warm, golden glow. What every new day affords me is an opportunity to start fresh and it comes every single day of my life. I’m taking that opportunity to start something new, something challenging, perhaps, something I’ve never done before. For that is the inspiration of Lisa Pressman’s music. I highly recommend this lighthearted album for its vibrant tones and contemplative qualities. The music has many hues that include energizing, calming, playful, and peaceful. It is wonderful to hear Lisa Pressman’s new music and perhaps, she will not wait so long to endow us again. – R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews

CandiceMichelle1 ,

From Aural Awakenings

Lisa Pressman’s fifth studio album titled As We Imagine was written and co-produced by herself and Tim Ponzek. Performed on a 7' Bösendorfer Concert Grand Piano, the album is comprised of ten gently melodic and comfortingly serene arrangements that are beautifully immersed in Pressman’s celestial vocal washes and Ponzek’s enveloping synth orchestrations. Softly shaped by suspended gossamer chords that subtly shift in color and tone throughout, As We Imagine fits the classic “new age” music mold while also sounding refreshingly up-to-date. A perfect accompaniment for massage, acupuncture and other healing arts, this album is certain to lift your spirits while simultaneously calming the senses!

BT Fasmer ,

One of 2019’s finest New Age music releases

In our hectic modern lives, where everything seems to go faster and faster, finding the peace and quiet to think and reflect is a constant challenge. Distractions are never more than a click away. Here Lisa Pressman’s new release “As We Imagine” comes to our rescue. It is a collection of songs that instantly makes our imagination wander, featuring a unique combination of 7′ Bosendorfer Concert Grand Piano, synths, and vocals textures. Indeed, listening to it feels a bit like rediscovering the power of the imagination. It is without a doubt one of 2019’s finest New Age music releases.

“As We Imagine” is the 5th studio album by Lisa Pressman. It is co-written and produced with Tim Ponzek. Lisa’s other releases are “If the Sky Was Home” (2004), “Angel Dreaming: A New Dream” (2006), “Tomorrow the World” (2008) and “Expecting Miracles” (2011).

As We Imagine
When we hit play on “As We Imagine”, we are greeted by lush synth pads. I very much enjoy the analogue feel and the many layers of sound. Then the grand piano is introduced. As good as synth pianos are these days, nothing can beat the real thing. That said, the song features a seamless switch between piano and synth keys. What we are witnessing on “As We Imagine”, is a perfect unity of physical and digital instruments. The best of two worlds, in my opinion.

“As We Imagine” is an album of strong colors. “Amber Waves” slowly engulfs us. We are taken to a warm and shiny sphere, far from the worries of everyday life. I like how the sharp sound of the piano cuts through and becomes the guiding star. It is easy to drift off into a meditative state while listening, even without closed eyes.

Atmosphere of Love
I’m happy to report that “As We Imagine” contains a small masterpiece! The song “Atmosphere of Love,” reminiscent of Suzanne Ciani’s #1 hit “The Velocity of Love,” is beautiful beyond words. It is a winner from the very first synth chords; Notice how it is slowly gaining momentum, building up towards a very satisfying vocal driven finale. The mix of synth keys and female voice is exquisite! All in all, it is a sublime song, masterfully portraying the atmosphere of love.

“Far Away Dreams” clears the air and the loving emotions are replaced by deep, meditative contemplation. It is not certain where this train of thought is going, but the answer we are looking for is right there in front of us. Still we are unable to reach it. Thankfully, the next track, “Sea of Tranquility,” embraces us with a warm and reassuring sound and tells us that everything is ok. The female vocal is terrific. It is one of the finest songs on the album, proving yet again that synth and concert grand piano is a fabulous combination.

Still Small Voice
“As We Imagine” is custom-made for deep thoughts and concentration. “Still Small Voice” is a slow and thought-provoking piece. If you put it on repeat, it is a soundscape you could spend the day in. It is very well-made. Next song is “Voyage Home.” Every note is changed with a deep sense of love and gratitude.

“Sheltering Wings” is another winner. The gentle melody is simply irresistible. It greets us with open arms, inviting us into a safe sphere – far from the troubles of everyday life. It is so simple, yet so elegant and refined. The angelic vocals lift it to an almost divine level. I also enjoy how the somewhat sharp sound of the piano mixes with the synth, making it less sugar sweet – and more real, in a way. Bravo!

Next song, “Hidden Treasure,” makes us pay attention. It feels a bit like stepping into a fairytale, unraveling a world of magical powers as we go along. “At First Light” concludes the album. Its graceful and optimistic atmosphere is catching; It is a feeling that will last the whole day.

In conclusion: Lisa Pressman’s “As We Imagine” is a highly original, well-made and heartfelt album. The way it boosts the imagination makes it perfect for creative work and deep thinking. It also contains two songs that are destined to become New Age music hits, the beautiful “Atmosphere of Love” and “Sheltering Wings.” All in all, “As We Imagine” is an outstanding release. But don’t take my word for it; Press play and see what happens as you imagine…

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