Who can forget one of Hollywood’s most memorable movies, The Wizard of Oz, and its bedazzling world of fantasy and adventure? As the characters weave their way along the colorful yellow brick wall to Emerald City they face many challenges along the way. Yet, as a group, Dorothy and company supported each other throughout their journey. The same can be said for The Emerald Way and its soft, serene and silky arrangements that will keep you secure through your everyday difficulties.
As always, 2002 deliver the goods. The parallels to Enya have always been present, largely due to the ethereal multi layering of both the musical and vocal approach that this duo brings to their creations. But considering 2002’s utterly consistent high quality output and Enya’s rather disappointing release this year, it would appear that the First Lady of New Age may want to secure some tips from 2002 who continue to impress.
The last few projects have seen some lead vocal experimenting however with the exception of the opening and closing bars of “Remember Now” the duo let their instruments do all the talking. As always, the unique concoction of flute, harp, acoustic guitar and coats of swirling keyboards are ever present. In fact, the title track is a great place to enjoy their unique merging of several instruments. The song begins with an extended spacious ambient theme that then launches into the soft acoustic strumming of Randy’s memorable nylon guitar strings. The themes are repeated via the more upbeat and bouncy closer “Secret Shores”. This time Pamela’s flute plays wistfully alongside the guitars and the gentle rhythms of the contemplative keyboards. This particular composition presents the listener with ultimate ingredients that makes 2002 ever so enjoyable.
The even more spatial ambient themes can be accessed via the moody and pensive “Soul Door”. The flute is showcased yet never at the expense of being condescending. Once again it is the intent of this duo to bring peace and tranquility to the listener. Showboating is just not their style. The same can be said for the stripped down “Timeless” that prominently features the piano.
2002 joined the Real Music label over ten years ago and have never failed to deliver top quality material. So much so that they could offer a guarantee or your money refunded if not satisfied and still remain profitable. From that aspect, The Emerald Way continues on that fine assurance. Considering their track record it would be no surprise that a decade from now 2002 would continue to be not only the flagship artist of Real Music but also the outright leading artist of the New Age Music industry.
Review by Michael Debbage
2002 – The Emerald Way
Pamela And Randy Copus
Family duo “2002”, Pamela and Randy Copus, appeared in the early 90’s. Their music refers to the style of “New Age”, and a very unusual version of it. Some give it the name “romantic new age,” others call it spatial music. Indeed, this music creates a sense of space, flight, lightness. Both members of the duo have a fairly extensive musical education, and they can rightfully be called multi-instrumentalists. Pamela began playing the piano at the age of 6 and later on the flute, oboe, guitar, violin, bagpipes. Randy learned to play the piano, as well as guitar, trumpet and other wind and keyboard instruments.
Numerous myths, legends, legends, had a significant impact on the music of 2002, which is filled with wonderful instrumental compositions. Numerous fans are always amazed at the unusual sound of melodies and hardly believe that this wonderful music is written by only two people, but, nevertheless, it really is. Randy plays the piano, electric cello, bass and keyboards, and Pamela – on the flute, harp, keyboard and wind instruments. All the vocals, sounding on their albums, they also perform themselves.
They opened a studio in Texas where they have the opportunity to record their voices a lot, many times, as if layering them on each other, which makes it possible to create a “virtual” chorus. In their albums they use musical tunes in Sanskrit, Spanish, Latin and Japanese. This adds a special charm to their music.
Album of the year 2006 “Emerald Path” continues unique musical traditions familiar to the listener. Refined melodies and moods that give tenderness will find a response both from fans of this group, and from those who only get acquainted with the duo’s creativity.
01. 2002 – Inner Light.mp3
02. 2002 – Another Answer Came.mp3
03. 2002 – Remember Now.mp3
04. 2002 – The Emerald Way.mp3
05. 2002 – Overheard in a Dream.mp3
06. 2002 – Soul Doors.mp3
07. 2002 – Unopened Flower.mp3
08. 2002 – Timeless.mp3
09. 2002 – Traveler Winds.mp3
10. 2002 – Secret Shores.mp3
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Proposed for acquaintance
- I'm interested in Classics, Neoclassic, Romantic Piano, and also pleasant instrumental music for the easy listening, mainly on traditional musical instruments such as Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Cymbals, Guitar