12 Songs, 1 Hour 13 Minutes


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3 Ratings

MDiamond ,

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

I must admit, I’ve become quite a fan of Bryan Carrigan’s music, and have had the pleasure of writing about his previous release “Inspired,” a little over a year ago. While “Fall Into Winter” would be considered a seasonal recording, it’s not a holiday album. In fact, as Bryan humorously shares: “This is not your mama’s seasonal album and absolutely no ‘Jingle Bells’ or Christmas covers were harmed in the making of this CD.” As can be expected with a title like “The Calm Before,” the opening track evokes a feeling of serenity with a hint of a chill in the sonic air. With its spacious synthesizers and archetypal Hearts of Space sound, it makes for a peaceful portal into the album. As we move into the next track, the intriguingly named, “Tellings From The Raven,” the music becomes more animated as soft twinkling electric piano notes, swirling synth textures, and atmospheric percussive accents intertwine around gently percolating sequencers, bringing to mind quieter moments from Tangerine Dream and Patrick O’Hearn. I was entranced by the intricate interplay of instruments and the dreamy web they weave.

“Deepest Of Night” starts out in a slower, more somber mood, before evolving into a lightly rhythmic soundscape about half way through. While “Enchanted Cabin” is quite atmospheric, a subtle percussive groove anchors and animates the track. I found Bryan’s tasteful use of echo and delay on particular sounds added additional interest to the mix. Although the word “enchanted” is used in the title of this song, it could easily describe every song on the album.

“Fall Into Winter“ is easily one of my favorite recordings of the year. Bryan Carrigan is a master of sounds and sonic spaces who is easily on par with some of the best in the genre frequently heard on radio programs like Echoes and Hearts of Space. Whether in a more structured composition or a free form space journey, Bryan’s ability to blend a diverse spectrum of tones and textures is truly alchemical and the result is pure musical magic.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit MichaelDiamondMusic.com

KathyPiano7 ,

From MainlyPiano

Fall Into Winter is Bryan Carrigan’s sixth solo album of original electronic music and is quite possibly his most compelling recording to date. Two years in the making, the album could be described as seasonal (winter), but is NOT a holiday album per se. Carrigan says: “No jingle bells or Christmas covers were harmed in the making of this CD.” Capturing the feeling of winter rather than the events that take place during that time period, Carrigan’s music provides what could be considered the ultimate “chill” album! He expresses the cold and darker tones of that time of year, but also the stillness, beauty, and quiet reflection that seem to come with the slower pace of the season. Well, except for the holiday part, but this music can provide an antidote to the frantic pace that the holidays can bring. The album consists of eleven tracks that range from 3 - 6 1/4 minutes plus a 22 1/2 closing track. Carrigan has worked on the music for a very large number of films, television programs, and recordings in a variety of roles, so this isn’t the kid down the street who bought a new keyboard and proclaimed himself a musician. Carrigan is a master of electronic music and of creating moods and atmospheric qualities. The sound quality is crystal clear but never harsh, and the individual instrumental “voices” are rich and distinctive.

I really don’t have a favorite track on Fall Into Winter. I love the whole album and think it needs to be listened to in its entirety. It begins with “The Calm Before,” a haunting yet very beautiful piece that chills to the bone. I can almost feel an icy wind on my face as I imagine standing in the midst of the profound quiet of snow all around. This is NOT a winter scene out of Southern CA! “Tellings From the Raven” is a bit more melodic, but just a bit. The rhythm is lively and gently propels the piece as layers of instrumentation flow over the top of it. “Deepest of Night” goes very dark and still with occasional sparks of light that I would assume represent stars. There is a mysterious cast to the piece that isn’t at all threatening or frightening - just dark and intense. “A Hundred Winters Old” expresses majesty and awe while creating feelings of bitter cold and pristine beauty. “Snow Day” is much lighter and more magical, and includes the infectious sound of children’s laughter. “After the Rain” is very still and peaceful - guitar with atmospheric sounds. The playful rhythm that runs through all of “Behind the Wall” lightens the mood and counters the darker instrumentation - a magical mix! The epic “Comparing Snowflakes” is a study in subtlety and stillness, sustaining a mood of quiet chilliness for well over twenty-two minutes.

Bryan Carrigan has created a classic masterpiece in the ambient/ new age genres, one that I’m sure will garner him many “Best Of” awards for the year! Very highly recommended!

jooran62 ,

A valued cool breeze exactly when needed.

Bryan's newest set, "Fall Into Winter" is a departure for him in that the pieces are more bare, and open. Perhaps his most personal music to date, this will strike just the right cord to any fan of the ambient, electronis, new age, or just plain great music scene! Moving from piece to piece is a journey of magnificent beauty and you are not sure where you will end up but you will not be disappointed. These 'songs' can be taken separately or as a whole with the epic "Comparing Snowflakes", at just over 22 minutes, finishing the album perfectly, smoothly, and humbly. A stunning and much appreciated album indeed. Thanks Bryan for creating the perfect music at the right time...again.

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