Andrea Cortez – The Secret Song of Plants

Andrea Cortez

Want to find a way to pure relaxation? Then turn off your phone and TV, close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly while listening to Andrea Cortez’s sublime The Secret Song of Plants.

Cortez, a board-certified music therapist and sound meditation instructor, combined ethereal harp improvisations with various effects and the sonic-translated electrical responses of plants into five elegant pieces. These untitled tracks were specially designed and sculpted to be beneficial for both the human mind and body. What you hear on this tape is quite literally healing music.

In each song, Cortez’s harp sails delicately through a mist of soft electronic tones and hushed reverberations. The pace is unhurried and syncopated, which allows for the listener to feel that they can really stretch out and breathe within the composition. Pieces like “Song 4” flow with a natural ease, with processed backwards notes lacing through the harp’s gingerly plucked strings, creating the perfect soundscape for deep meditation.

Who else but Aural Canyon could put out such a perfectly calming release? You can grab this album from them tomorrow right here and be on your way to a clearer, more peaceful state. You can also find out more about Cortez and her work here.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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