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CandiceMichelle1 ,

Review from Aural Awakenings

Joslin Dsouza is an Oman-born musician-composer who currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Having first begun playing piano by ear at the age of four, he later enrolled in classical piano lessons, eventually studying under the academic curriculum of the Royal School of Music, London. Since moving to the United States, Joslin’s music has been featured on numerous television shows, commercials and documentaries. Released in 2006, his debut album, The Lone Traveler, was inspired by a story he learned in music class about the evolution of the modern guitar, specifically, the Arabic contributions to Spanish guitar music. Comprised of ten compositions spanning approximately fifty minutes, the album incorporates influences of world, techno, classical and contemporary instrumental styles of music, inviting the listener to embark on a spirit-soaring journey full of cultural richness and vivid colors painted throughout.

The title track, “The Lone Traveler”, opens the album with bold piano keystrokes that soon introduce a Gypsy-like melody accompanied by Radu Cernat playing violin. Immediately conveying a notion of watching a live grand stage performance unfold, an entourage of dancers seemingly enter the scene, as the piece further blossoms to life with an infectious dance rhythm. “Dance de Amour” follows next, an equally ebullient number with a romantic Mediterranean flair. Here, accordion takes the lead melody over an arrangement of strings, piano and percussion, as it seemingly paints a picture perhaps from the 1940’s, depicting a svelte couple dancing in the streets of Paris or Barcelona. Shifting gears a bit is the buoyantly energetic, “Celebrate Earth”, which aptly captures the atmosphere of a lively celebration. Notably infused with Eurodance elements, a simple piano melody that somewhat recalls Robert Miles’ mid-1990’s club hit “Children”, is similarly laid over a trance-techno rhythm accentuated by colorfully digitized effects. The next piece, “Moving Forward”, is one of my favorites on the album, likewise highlighting a dreamy piano melody that’s supported by pronounced bass and a dance-techno rhythm. An incredibly infectious tune with a soaring, convivial spirit, I could listen to it repeatedly, as I’m reminded of night life and driving through city streets. Equally compelling is “The Land of Innocence”, which aptly begins with the distant sounds of children playing amidst dreamy chords, before blossoming into a bouncy club/dance arrangement. Imbued with a fantasy-like quality evoking the innocence of youth, a whimsically whistling melody gives way to a sparking piano riff during the bridge of the piece. Taking things down a notch is the notably tenderer, “For All God’s Children”, initially beginning with gentle thunder and rainstorm, before introducing a classically contemporary instrumental arrangement that’s elegantly woven with orchestral textures. By contrast, “Underneath” is decisively sultry with its delectable Arabic and Indian musical flavors, which are further spiced-up by the exotically soaring vocals of Erin Munoz. Easily another favorite, the piece exhibits a world dance-rock flair, painting visually enthralling images of a thematic stage performance embellished with veiled dancers, flaming torchlights and temple décor. Closing out the album is the likewise fantastic, “Renegade”, which opens with the hauntingly beautiful sound of a duduk amidst a seemingly foreboding drone. Tribal drumming soon enters followed by stark instrumentation led by piano and strings, as the melody shifts back and forth from dark to light throughout until ultimately wrapping things up with a powerful, thunderous finale.

An amazing discovery from a master talent, The Lone Traveler makes for a mesmerizingly visual-audio experience, in which although the traveler may be lone, is certainly never alone. An artist whose work I find incredibly suited for live performance, Joslin is seemingly able to pull off the oft-difficult task of crafting strikingly bold and dramatic arrangements without ever becoming overly bombastic. A most highly impressive debut, The Lone Traveler will likely appeal, especially, to fans of Yanni, 2Cellos and David Arkenstone, as well as those with a penchant for Eurodance music!

Hoomilou ,

A Beautiful Tapestry of sound

Joslin is a uper talented musician that I have known for years. I have watched him perform many times. His debut album is a masterpiece and holds good even today. The title song 'the Lone Traveler' is a magnificent composition fusing Spanish and Arabic influences. You can immediately see Sunny Morrocon skies, Belly dancers, Casa Blanca vibe. Coming from Middle eastern decent myself, i can totally relate to this tune.

The CD continues to bust out beautiful melodies one after the other. Dance de Amour takes me to the Parisien roads where 2 lovers are having the time of their lives. A total dance of love and where better than the city of love.

Moving forward, The land of innocence and Celebrate earth all have electronic vibe with a hint of Robert Miles in them. Beautifully and Artistically woven together. All in all you can hear the purity in his music and compoaitions. Love songs like 'For all God's children' and 'That one night' captures the truth in his music and connects you with the escence of the emotion that is conveyed in his music.

My favorite piece after 'Lone Traveler' is 'Through it all'. It totally feels like something out of a touching movie. Which brings me to another element in Joslin's music. You can literally "SEE" the story taking place in eyes of you mind.

The Lone Traveler is a great debut album from a master artist, pianist and composer. Yanni has met his match. Bravo Maestro !!!!!!!!!

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