Release Date: October 18, 2021
Label: Sonic Bear MusicBotanical carries the theme of nature and all its beauty through the music. Based on my experience with Stephen’s music, I expect to find intrigue everywhere throughout my listen. I am glad to report that is what happened.
“Sun Dancer” and the title track “Botanical” were the peak of this musical evolution for my ears. The different sounds, rhythms, and various instrumentations merge into a burst of color and light. With that thought and perception, you can see how the connection to nature and its bounty aligns with this expressive music that brings different shades, colors, and light to you aurally.
This magnificent artistry found through the eleven tracks on this recording offers individual listeners their soundscape to create images that come to mind, hopefully, those suggested through the track titles.
What you will enjoy on Botanical is an eclectic musical diversion that will enrich your soul. From contemporary instrumental, world, and all built from a new age perspective, Stephen Peppos invites you into his magical musical garden of delights. He brings you “Sunshine” to enlighten you and nurture and uplift your spirit. And that track, in particular, has a world flavored ambiance injected with vocals from another country would be Africa. That kind of ability and worldly diversity keeps it all fresh and inviting from start to finish.
I noted all of the fantastic rhythms and bass that run like a tapestry intrinsic to every track. A giant cross-section of listeners will enjoy music like this, and it knows no boundaries, only those that are self-inflicted by a listener. You can find a true sense of joy and hope on Botanical with an open mind and heart. I certainly did, and with an immense amount of respect for its creator.
Stephen Peppos knows how to create exciting music. It is hard to define but delightful to listen from track to track.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews Founder
October 1, 2021
01. MORNING 5:17
02. ABOVE THE TREES 5:01
03. DANCING DAHLIAS 5:39
04. SUN DANCER 6:38
05. BOTANICAL 5:41
06. PEPPERMINT GARDEN 5:15
07. SUNSHINE 5:03
08. JOY IN THE SUMMER 4:56
09. NOCTURNAL 4:11
10. THE FLOWERS WILL BLOOM EARLY THIS YEAR 5:36
11. HOPE A NEW 5:57