TunedLoud reviewed Sakis Gouzonis' 15th studio album, Wonderful Dream.
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Sakis Gouzonis – Wonderful Dream – Orchestral magnificence and rich cinematic ideas
Album Review by Rick Jamm
Music Critic for TunedLoud
Thursday, 12 January 2023
Greek independent music composer, Sakis Gouzonis, gained fame through MySpace in 2007. He has released 15 studio albums, winning several music awards in Greece and abroad including 1st Prize in the international Composition Competition 2010 for his tracks Seed of Hope and Eternal Peace, a Semi-Finalist Award in the UK Songwriting Contest 2010 for Eternal Peace and Elegy, 2nd Prize in the international Composition Competition 2009 for Elohim and 1st Prize in the 2nd Meeting of Music & Poetry 2009 for his album New Earth. On December 22, 2022, Sakis Gouzonis released his latest studio album, Wonderful Dream, through his official website. The album features ten instrumental tracks written and recorded by Gouzonis at the foot of Mount Olympus. Gouzonis describes the album as being about dreams and the meaning and purpose they bring to our lives, saying that, "If we want to be truly happy, we need to follow our dreams. We are far more likely to regret the things we did not do than the things we did."
Wonderful Dream is characterized by its use of rich and complex textures, created through the use of electronic and sound effects. The music evokes a sense of atmosphere, mood, and emotion throughout its runtime. It was obviously with the intention of being evocative and evoking a sense of a story or meaning to the listener, without relying on lyrics or vocals. Each song is branded by its broad, expansive soundscapes, with a focus on creating an immersive experience for the listener.
Despite its sonic grandeur, Sakis Gouzonis' music has always been easily digestible. A renewed vigor is immediately evident from the opening track, A Sunny Day, where the melodic synths are evocative of a vibrant arrangement alongside the pastel colors of Sakis' strings. What I Want To Be has the sound of classic analog synths which build sweeping motifs to captivate your attention.
The production on It Will Come True is meticulous, and once you really dial in, it is a subtle panoply of orchestral magnificence and rich cinematic musical ideas. I Still Remember You is thoroughly haunting and epic in intention. The music is refined and evocative, leaving a lasting impression with subtlety. Its brilliance lies in its ability to be memorable and appealing without being excessively coy or forced, striking a balance between being enjoyable and natural.
You Bring Me Joy is a multifaceted sonic landscape that never leaves the beat as an afterthought. It instead rides on a sustained rhythm that will uplift the spirits. There Is A Way maintains the forward motion, aided by melodic synths that shimmer and shine with gorgeous tonal textures. Sakis Gouzonis has always been heralded for his ability to create rich, warm textures that seem to breathe life into their surroundings. Such is the case with Strength From The Source.
There's a lot of well-defined melodies to grab on to throughout the album, as Sakis Gouzonis writes great melodies; playful and cheerful, backed by well-structured rhythms. This Is The Night is both urgent and epic, while its melodies are focused and dynamic. At the same time, the sounds Sakis uses, and how he deploys them are considered and purposeful, all of which crystallize into a narrative song structure. The music on It Feels So Good is happy and hopeful.
This album shows off how Sakis Gouzonis brings together many different instruments to create a unified musical direction. By the time you press play on the joyfully orchestrated Hope And Glory, you will have certified that Wonderful Dream is a fine addition to Sakis' discography and will certainly become a part of his best work yet.
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