I have a past work of Ellis Hadlock’s called “Wind of Colors” and through that and this work I have come to know what Ellis is capable of. If I had to compare this with his latest work, I would say that the previous album is more epic sounding while the brand new “Light in the Haze” is inventive in a more playful, cheerful way. Rest assured, “Light in the Haze” contains heartfelt and moving material and I am very happy to have listened to it. It is emotive, and conjures imagery in your mind’s eye. It is uplifting and joyful at times, and other times it’s a little more serious, but always positive.
If you get this album you will see, like I have, how dynamic Mr. Hadlock is. He paints on the canvas of your mind with sound. There is much substance here, it is full and balanced throughout with some light and airy moments, and sometimes an exotic flavor is present. This album evokes moods ranging from slightly sprightly to altogether positive.
Ellis Hadlock is a prolific publisher, having released something like 10 albums already. Each time though he manages to dig up something interesting for his audiences. Think something like crossing Kitaro with Vangelis or Jerry Goldsmith, meaning many of his tracks can be thought of as both cinematic sounding and soothing ambient at the same time.
While Hadlock continues to present his listeners with colorful tones and textures within his music, the stroke of his musical paint brush this time around is brighter and more vibrant than ever before. “Light in the Haze” is a beautiful, well composed album with an inspiring concept which is expressed through standout songs like, “Center of Calm”, “Just Can’t Reach You”, “Lost to Found”, “Steps Ahead” and of course the title track, “Light in the Haze”.
“Light in the Haze” embraces various sides of human emotions, always seeking a positive conclusion. And this music is precious because it comes from the deepest source. The music moves with strength and none of the folksy or overwrought elements one finds in too many New Age albums. Listening to Hadlock’s albums, it’s easy to notice that he likes to make each album unique and different from the last one. Each has its own sound, and it’s this that makes his music so eclectic and appealing.
Ellis Hadlock’s music is simple and right to the point. Rarely is there an over-complex movement found in this album’s songs, and each piece likes to use crystal clear tones. However, the songs are in no way reminiscent of ordinary background music; they are all stand-alone compositions that sound great. If anything, “Light in the Haze” is a great way to introduce yourself to the diverse and unique musical talents of Ellis Hadlock.
If you enjoy the uplifting and elegant music found on this album, then you’ll be pleased to learn that it only gets better from here. With “Light in the Haze”, Ellis Hadlock takes us on yet another journey. It’s really worth getting onboard!