German Rock magazine Legacy has published an excellent write up of the Somewhere Around album in #95 as it turns out. With a little help Google translates it as:
Earthshine is the one-man project by Peter Cox, the ambitious singer and guitarist of Chinawhite, a sometimes relatively progressive hard rock band from the Netherlands. The appearance of the last album of this formation is also six years ago, which is probably also due to the fact that the frontman of the band in the meantime employed his side project Earthshine. 2014 saw the debut release, now it’s time for its successor.
According to the info in the booklet at the beginning of the work on “Somewhere Around” the song titles were conceived, after which the Dutchman then wrote music to the respective corresponding mood . Onomatopoetic circumlocutions like ‘Floating On Air’, ‘Between The Stars’, ‘Knee Deep In The Ocean’, ‘Big City’ or ‘Snow Storm On The Ice’ can appear before the mind’s eye and give an instant idea of what can be expected on this second album.
Peter creates purely instrumental soundscapes, which are dominated by synthesizers, but sometimes also by his excellent, atmospheric piano playing. The titles really fit the music like chalk and cheese, and vice versa. The concrete approach of the songwriting can be compared to the conception of Mussorgsky’s infamous “Pictures at an Exhibition” certain parallels account. Of course, neither the compositional depth nor the extent of importance for the music world this masterpiece can be achieved. Such lofty goals are not, however, on the agenda of Mr. Cox: His atmospheric soundscapes move somewhere between Ambient and New Age and invite you to let yourself go as listeners and borne by the overall sound. (CW)
Despite not being the frontman or singer of Chinawhite (ambitious and guitarist is right) 😉 , a big thanks to CW for the review!
Don’t know about you, but in our region it has been pretty hot off late. And since the Somewhere Around album is out for 6 months, we liked the idea of doing a video for Snowstorm On The Ice from that very album. If you enjoy it, buy it straight from our label Rock Company, or your favourite online retailer.
Paul from Morpheus has written some very nice words about the Somewhere Around CD:
Somewhere Around is a rather eclectic, highly melodic album of bright electronic music that draws upon influences ranging from Berlin School, 80’s synth pop, modern space music, lounge and new age positivity. Built primarily around synthetic keyboard sounds and mellotron, Peter Cox also incorporates some deft electric and acoustic guitar work; breathy pan flutes; expressive sax; echoing chimes and a range of sparkling effects into his music. The album takes the listener on an overarching homeward-bound journey: the opening spacey, beatless tracks featuring layered electronica and attractive, meandering structures; rhythmic sequences and emotional intensity increasing as we come down to earth; percussive patterns and beats build as we move toward the familiarity of civilisation. Most tracks are warm, inviting and very much easy-listening: piano and synthetic leads comfortably holding the attention, electronic peripherals providing interesting backdrops.
To see what else he had to say, or for some of my comments, please visit his page here.
Steve from One World Music has written a review of the new album that is simply mindblowing. Here are some quotes:
“if you like the last one, then you are going to be blown away with this new offering”
“Earthshine as a project has really excelled on this album and Peter Cox has driven forward in uncharted territory with great ease, but with such fine musicianship”
“now we are treated to 7 minutes plus of absolutely delightful music. We have it all here dear reader, we have a stunning Piano and swirling synths to start off a truly incredible composition. One can feel a sense of liberation within the song and the air and room that the Piano gives is sublime”
“Cox has that uniqueness about him that some others just can’t seem to attain”
“However here Cox takes on a rhythmic journey of exploration, and into the fusion of smooth Jazz and progressive new age, there is quite a tempo in this piece that will delight all who listen to it, a track that really crosses boundaries with ease and great skill”
“Somewhere Around as an album is a real progression of great magnitude for Peter Cox and since the last release called Earthshine, he has really pushed boundaries and moved into musical lands never before trodden, the experimental feel is still here, the uniqueness is still here, but the bar has been raised, this is one album that if you miss it or hesitate in getting it, you will regret it, this is indeed a very special musical offering from Eartshine.”
Well, this one left me speechless 🙂 Thank you so much Steve!!
Here it is, the new album Somewhere Around:
Order at Rock Company, or through your favorite retailer!
If you enjoy our music, please be aware that a pre-sale offer is running at the Rock Company website. If you order the CD version there before January 19, you receive a link to download a free digital version of the album!
Hello dear readers,
best wishes, have a great year. If all the festivities have gotten the better of you, then kick things back a bit with this video for Sunrise On Mars, the first full length showcase of the new album that will be available coming January 18.