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R J Lannan ,

Two Hearts

David Wahler
Two Hearts

When two hearts meet, it is the beginning of a new day. When two hearts part, it is the end of the world. Keyboardist David Wahler captures both experiences and everything in between on his latest album, Two Hearts. David’s eleven-track undertaking is full of emotionally light, ambient songs of love discovered and love lost with an ear to ardor and much warmth.
Wahler opens with a hopeful song titled Always and that is just what we want and expect from love. We want fairytale love that lives happily ever after. It is fate or fortune that makes it so. There are moderate rhythms on this album, but there is an emotional subtlety to the music as provided by this first tune.
Just imagine walking hand in hand across the Pont d’Avignon as the rain falls over the City of Light. The streetlights glimmer in the distance and it does not matter if you get wet down to the soul. The love you have is an impenetrable shield of thoughts and feelings. The tune Paris Rain is a soundscape for that experience. If you listen closely, you can just about hear two heartbeats synchronized by an invisible force that cannot be denied.
Love Lost has a silent sadness to it and of course, love lost is a heartbreaking event. Wahler’s melody has little sonic will o’ the wisps, glistening notes, and a sorrowful refrain. It possesses an ethereal tone in its grief as if heaven is weeping as much as the heart that is breaking. One of the best on the album for me.
You and Me is a slow moving waltz around a very big room, perhaps as big as the planet. This music is so sublime I could almost imagine the stars spinning in the universe trying to catch up. The music is almost bell like and echoingly soft. The guitar resonates with a gentle tug at the heartstrings as two lovers, oblivious to the world around them, dance like there is no tomorrow.
The title track Two Hearts is an emotionally rich piano arrangement in two-heart harmony. Again, Wahler, whether intentional or not, offers up a pas de deux of agonizing beauty. There are soft voices, elegant piano notes, and a warm rhythm that combines for the best of the best on the recording. This truly is a lover’s theme.
Is there doubt? Is there betrayal? There is an air of mystery to the music. Are there dark alleys and late night rendezvous? Dynamic guitar and cooing voices combine on the tune Confession. There is a hint of trepidation in this song. All you can do is pray for forgiveness.
Then She Went to Sleep is the grand finale. This piano tune is another weightless musical spiral of David’s talent as a composer. The music drifts along tranquilly, as if the sleeping world is now made out of stardust and pale, distant light. You hope that the dreams are about you.
David Wahler knew that music would be his vocation at an early age. What’s different about most of David’s music is the underlying, yet unmistakable spirituality that springs forth whenever he touches the piano keys. Wahler isn’t what I would label prolific in the number of releases he has made, but every single one of them has been notable for their innate beauty and polished refinements. Two Hearts, his latest offering, is definitive. – R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews

BT Fasmer ,

Yet another winner from Mr. Wahler

How does love impact your life? Lao Tzu said that: “Being loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” David Wahler’s new album “Two Hearts” seems to contain just as much life wisdom as this 2 500-year-old quote. It describes love in all its phases, brilliantly balancing the high and low points. Love is about giving, but is also about receiving. “Two Hearts” is yet another winner from Mr. Wahler and a must-have in any romantic music playlist.

David Wahler began his musical career at the age of 7 playing the piano “by ear”. Early years of summer music clinics and academies at various universities culminated in his studying piano performance at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music; Mannes College of Music in New York; and Berklee College of Music, Boston. David released his first album, “Antiquus,” in the spring of 2009. Then followed “A Star Danced” (2010), “Secret Dream” (2012) and “Spiritus” (2015). His album “Mosaic” was honored with Zone Music Award’s Best Relaxation/Meditation album of 2018 at the award concert in New Orleans in May of 2019. David’s music “Kyoto Mist” was featured in the summer 2019 Warner Bros. movie, “POKÉMON: Detective Pikachu“. There’s no doubt that David Wahler is one of the most loved stars on the New Age music scene today!

Always
The album opener is called “Always”. It is a warm, relaxing and positive piece – it is as if we are boarding a pink cloud, flying towards a place where love lasts forever and goodbyes don’t exist. “Always” is beautiful beyond words. It has Wahler’s usual melodic focus and exquisite layers of synths.

After that opening, you might think that “Two Hearts” is a sugar-sweet album, but that is far from the truth. It is a very mature release, reflecting on love, loss, and times gone by. Next song is called “I Remember You”. It is truly remarkable how Whaler manages to describe two conflicting emotions at the same time; warm feelings and grief, happiness and sadness. It is impossible not to be touched by this. The flute sounds wonderful!

Paris Rain
“Melancholy” is a word that springs to mind many times while listening to “Two Hearts”. The next piece takes us to the city of love – Paris – and it is raining. There are some interesting sound effects in the intro. I also like how the synth lead emulates the sound of raindrops. It is a gentle and romantic song, perfect for dreaming and relaxing.

“Night Sky of Orion” is one of my favorite songs from “Antiquus” – and the new version sounds fresh and chilled. So much has happened in terms of synths, DAWs, and VSTs over the last 10 years, which perhaps is why the remix sounds better.

One of the finest songs on “Two Hearts” is “You and Me”. It starts off as a romantic guitar ballad, but as more and more instruments are added – namely some lovely 1980s analogue sounding synths – we are rewarded with a passionate atmosphere. With this in the background, any dinner will be romantic.

Love Lost
The vibe changes with “Love Lost”. This is, as the title implies, a sorrowful song. It has a slow melody, telling us of both good and bad memories. You can tell that this is a feeling that is here to stay, it is something you have to live with. This love is lost forever. Somewhere in the background is the same sound effect as in “Paris Rain,” adding contrasts and emotional depth.

The title song is a small masterpiece! A whole story is told in less than 6 minutes, it is as if we are reading a well-written novel. I very much enjoy the opening; The song seems to need no build-up, like a musical in medias res. We can sense that the “two hearts” are deeply in love – but it is not a love without its share of problems (hence the touch of melancholy), but each of the hearts is there for each other, through the hardships. It is a lasting kind of love. Wahler is truly a master storyteller! The selection of synths used is fabulous.

Bloom
“Bloom” is entirely different. It is a gentle and thoughtful piece. We reflect on life, and how everything grows and blooms. Notice how the song gets more intense near the end. It is very bright and colorful. Talking about colors; on “One Fine Day” we leave all our worries behind. The world feels new, the sky is blue, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. It is a wonderful and positive piece!

Two of the most interesting songs are saved for last; “Confession” and “Then She Went to Sleep.” I believe “Confession” has the perspective of the person who is being confessed to. The atmosphere is foreboding, and we get a sense that something big is about to happen. The sound design is very well-made and intricate. “Then She Went to Sleep” makes sure that the album ends on a high note. The person is safe now, flying off to dreamland and leaving all her troubles behind. Perhaps the confession left her feeling emotionally drained, and sleep was her only way to escape?

In conclusion: “Two Hearts” is David Wahler’s most personal album to date. As he himself puts it: ”I wear my ‘heart on my sleeve’ with this album”. It is a very wise and mature release, making the listener reflect on love and its ability to change lives. It is true what they say; Love is heaven, and love is hell.

“Two Hearts” is a fantastic addition to Wahler’s already impressive discography. When you first fall in love with it, you don’t want to let go!

muzikman97 ,

Great Relaxtion and Meditation Music

David is an interesting individual and blessed as well. He was a successful businessman for several years then “retired” to make music. It is people like him that give me the inspiration to carry on and do something else once I finally leave the routine of a day job. Being in a daily routine day job does not allow for the spontaneity one desires to keep the energy level high and your mindset in the excited mode. David is one of the fortunate individuals that found his way rather quickly after stepping away from the rat race.

“Paris Rain” caught my ear for the ambient textures and spacey interludes. I added it to my New Age Music Reviews Spotify Playlist right after I heard it. There is more to hear besides that kind of style, however. For example, directly after that track, “Night Sky of Orion (Remix),” starts with a nice acoustic guitar and all the other elements of keyboards and layers come in to create that instrumental magic that you will be accustomed to hearing throughout this release.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

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