"Instrumental guitar has never sounded so romantic"
Chris Natoli (APRA) has been playing for many years and has been billed with the big names like Robert Cray and the Wailers. But again, this is another man who has not gone the mainstream label route. Instead he has recorded and produced the album locally and put it out off his own back…
This is a gentle album with waves of soft melodic tones that let you slip into a state of semi-conscious comfort. The peaceful arrangements and virtuosic acoustic guitar help the listener relax and absorb all the genius that Chris Natoli has to offer… lnstrumental guitar has never sounded so romantic.
— Chris Gersbach, Australian Guitar Magazine
One Soul's Journey (2005)
At times it is easy to forget that ambient music can consist of more than droning, ambling, drifting electronic textures; that conventional instruments and musical concepts can be used to an effective degree to create ambient atmospheres. Such is the case with the very highly personal offering by guitarist Chris Natoli from down under.
One Soul's Journey is a collection of mostly acoustic guitar pieces. Some of the tunes on this CD are Natoli playing unaccompanied guitar, others feature a small backup band consisting of bass, piano, strings and percussion. When I put this CD on the player, the impression that comes to me is that of a small, dark coffee house, where people cluster around small tables and converse in hushed murmurs while the band, on a stage just barely lighted, cranks out tune after tune to mold the atmosphere. One can mentally move the music into the background, but i f one chooses to listen closely, will find well-crafted and articulate tunes, played with feeling and grace.
Take, for example, the song Lenny. Written by the late guitar legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Natoli and his bandmates transform this piece into a sublime mixture of oozing jazz and melancholy. While sitting at the table, hunched over one's thick expresso, this song might be enough to make one raise one's head as if questioning one's own ears.
Other titles endow this album with its personal character: Song For Arvi, When Darkness Falls, with its plaintive refrain, "Can you feel the pain," and my favorite, Jaron's Lullaby. My wife's son—and thus my stepson—is named Jaron, so this piece resonates with me especially.
— Fred Puhan for Ambient Visions
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