“Hanami Nights” is a delightful and positive piece, perfect for warm summer afternoons. When you hit play, don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking for the replay button. “Hanami Nights” is like a cherry blossom that never goes out of bloom…
BT Fasmer @ Newagemusic.guide
RedHeat’s new single “Hanami Nights” is a 5 minutes long WOW moment! We already knew that this UK born, Netherlands based artist was talented. The new single is a giant leap for this music project. “Hanami Nights” is a chilled and laid-back piece with a catchy melody – as beautiful as illuminated cherry blossoms, which is the inspiration behind the song. This is indeed a perfect moment to become a RedHeat fan!
RedHeat is a musician and composer specializing in instrumental epics. He recently released an album called “Origins”. It is an album designed to be played end to end, with each piece flowing into the next for an hour of soothing relaxation, promoting mental wellness through mental stimulation with uplifting themes interspersed with gentle meditative parts. Read our “Origins” review here. Also, check out this list of RedHeat’s other releases.
Hanami Nights Listening to “Hanami Nights” got me thinking about Shannon M. Mullen’s famous quote: “Due to their short blossom time, Sakura blossoms are a metaphor of life itself: beautiful yet fleeting.”
This quote seems even truer when reading the song’s back story; “The trees and flowers begin to awaken in the spring sun. As she does too from her long hibernation. For my dearest, Ilona-Ruby. In November 2018 Ilona received the news that there was a problem that needed urgent attention, as many know Cancer is one of those things that scare the heck out of people, and it sure did for us.»
“Hanami Nights” has a very long build-up, over 2 minutes. But the time is well-spent. RedHeat successfully creates a lot of anticipation for what’s to come; It is like waiting for light to be turned on to illuminate nighttime cherry blossoms. First some gentle synths are heard, then guitar and a bass. Already at this stage the delicate Eastern flavors are easy to notice. Suddenly we are rewarded with the theme. Wow, what a warm, positive and uplifting melody RedHeat has in store for us!
The guitar segment is truly inspired, perfectly accompanied by layers of synth and a light rhythm. It is Chill, Tropical House and New Age music in perfect harmony. Wonderful!
Perhaps the best part is the production itself. It is very light, not overproduced in any way. RedHeat has 100 % confidence in the melodic qualities, so there’s no need for more effects or additional layers. Hopefully RedHeat will continue marking music as elegant as this.
Sometimes a cover artwork tells little or nothing about the music inside – and sometimes it tells the whole story. The cover of RedHeat’s new release “Origins” contains a picture of deep space combined with a part of a tubular bell – famously used in Mike Oldfield’s 1973 bestselling album. At first glance, it looks eclectic, or even eccentric. But when you get to know the album, you’ll see that it is like a decryption code to RedHeat’s world of music. Read on to learn more about this fascinating, bold and different piece of music!
Redheat is a British contemporary musician and composer specializing in instrumental epics. “Origins” is designed to be played end to end, with each piece flowing into the next for an hour of soothing relaxation, promoting mental wellness through mental stimulation with uplifting themes interspersed with gentle meditative parts.
Return to Marwinia The album opener is called “Return to Marwinia (Excerpt).” Fans of Mike Oldfield will immediately be greeted by a familiar sound; I’m extremely impressed by RedHeat’s adaptation of Oldfield’s quite complex musical expression. It even has the same playfulness and humor; I found myself expecting a caveman to appear (spoiler alert; there’s no caveman…). At the same time I must stress that this is not a MO tribute recording, but an original work of art. You don’t have to be a Mike Oldfield fan to enjoy “Origins.”
“Return to Marwinia (Excerpt)” has the atmosphere of a fantasy novel. Flutes and guitars guide us into a magical world. There are many nice twists and turns, and I very much enjoy the intertwining melodies. There’s even a talking spaceman in the end, making me change the scenery from fantasy to sci-fi in my mind. The 8-minute-long song seems to fly away, confirming that “Origins” is off to a promising start!
Just a Robot Next song is “In the Light.” It has the coolness and attitude of a 1970s rock song, something by The Doors perhaps. But when the xylophone part comes on, Jim Morrison is all forgotten, and we are safely back in Oldfield’s realm. It all could have been a segment of “Return to Ommadawn,” it is that good. RedHeat is definitely on par with the master himself, pushing the boundaries of music and creativity.
“Origins” flows beautifully as one track, and before we know it a robot is on to us! “Just a Robot” has a delightful squeaky sound and a rhythm custom-made for robot dancing. There are also some delicate Eastern flavors here, confirming that the robot has a Made in China sticker.
Falcon Heavy There’s a back story to the next song that deserves to be told. RedHeat writes: “Falcon Heavy was composed on the night that SpaceX launched and broadcast the very first Falcon Heavy rocket carrying Elon Musk’s old Tesla Roadster with the now iconic spaceman at the wheel. As such, this piece is a personal reflection of the time, greatly inspired by the spectacular views of Earth broadcast live from the rocket and the Roadster as it was launched into space.” The almost nine-minute long song is like an EP within the album, taking us on a memorable trip into space. RedHeat captures the atmosphere of Musk’s ambitious project perfectly.
On “Upon Horseback” we are safely back on Earth, getting ready for a ride. Here a Mike Oldfield quote seems fitting: “In summer, winter, rain or sun, it is good to be on horseback.” It is a fabulous piece! RedHeat explores melodic elements that are dear to all Oldfield fans, and adds some nice and personal effects (like the chiptune intro). It all has the quality of “Return to Ommadawn”, it is that good. The song effortlessly flows into “Tubular Dogs”. My only comment here is: “Isn’t that charming? Do you know, I really feel I could dance! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha” (Margaret Thatcher voice, Mike Oldfield’s “Amarok”, 1990).
Aether If you think “Origins” is an Oldfield tribute album, the next song will change your mind. “Thinking Time” is a fast, ambient styled song with a fascinating atmosphere. This is thinking on a grand, Big Bang scale. Time truly feels relative while listening to it. I very much like the reverb effect and how the lead synth bounces from side to side. It is so fast that it almost can’t keep track with the rest of the rhythm.
“Aether” takes us back into space, on an epic mission. The analogue sounding strings give the song a larger-than-life feel, a touch of Jean Michel Jarre. It also has a lovely playful vibe, with both spaceman chatter, statics and computer game effects.
Be Geezy Before we know it “Be Geezy” has taken over the stage. The song is built around an incredible synth effect, a distorted techno bell, and a bright piano and fresh rhythm fill in nicely. It is excellent sound design. “Digi Hastus, V 1.0” takes it even further, showing RedHeat’s impressive skills as a sound producer. “The Cassini Theme” ends the album with the same precision as space probe, which plummeted into Saturn on September 15, 2017 – successfully completing Cassini-Huygens’ multi-decade mission.
In conclusion: I’ll end this review where I started; focusing on the cover. “Origins” by RedHeat is a fresh, bold and innovative release, perfect for stargazing, dreaming and thinking. The cover shows a part of a tubular bell, which indicates the importance of Mike Oldfield’s music. But it is only a part of the picture, “Origins” is so much more. A Lao Tzu quote springs to mind: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” “Origins” takes us there, into space and back, reminding us not to take it all too seriously. Let’s “Be Geezy”!