Closer to the Heart
After Mike°d's debut album « through my eyes » who was a soundscape through the artists eye, his new and second album « Closer to the heart » is a step further in the same direction . Like a soft drone lapping at pockets of silence, these soft, drifty, slighly melancholy and reserved piano songs, seem to sway and float with a bigger entity, a larger arc of life's progression . Lush and haunting musical landscapes, blending contemporary electric and indigenous acoustic instrument. « Closer to the heart » lives up to it's name with twelve delightful tracks encompassing the smart writing of classical music, the sophistication of jazz and the mellow, accessible vibe of new age. Piano music of great tenderness and beauty; shimmering melodies, penetrating rhythms that are sumptuous and elegant. At their best, well-written, expertly-executed songs or melodies do more than just tell a story - they pose important questions. On Closer to the heart, his second full-length for Ambient-New Age, Belgian songwriter/Composer Mike De Filette ( Mike°d ) approaches the sometimes difficult but universal topics of introspection, identity and love with bravery, honesty, and above all, stunning beauty. These songs aren't all about Mike's personal experience, however. This departure into the fictitious is only the first of numerous artistic stretches from 2005's Through my eyes . Making a concerted effort to remove hiself from a comfort zone, the Belgian went so far as to pack his bags and work on the new album amidst the hustle and heat of Belgian's countryside. Mike°d may have already sounded angelic before recording Through my Eyes, but the bold resolution in his composing this time around was certainly born of the strength he gained taking chances. 'I felt that in order to push myself musically, I would have to take myself outside of what is familiar,' Mike°d, who approached his songwriting technique and composing delivery using a fresh methodology during the recording process, explains. His intense focus and admirable openness paid off: from the palpably raw explorations of learning to love on ' Closer to the heart' to his warm piano play on 'Midsummer Daydream ', If Songs Could Be Held exists as Mike's masterwork, painted with a bright and dynamic emotional palette. His themes are thick with literary foils: delicate, but steeped in innate strength. As an artist, Mike°d's relationship with his songs has always been intensely personal and often tumultuous: his creations are 'heavy, and wonderful, and taken care of even like a friend,' as he puts it. His first album ' Through my Eyes ' is also downloadable at the I tunes musicstore . Mike Started late 80's as a prog rock band ' Steamhorse ', band splitted, and he continued alone, with his studio, did some mastering for known and unknown bands, in parallel he autoproduce his own music which is an alternative or an ambient experimental music, on other levels he likes to create moody and instrumental music tracks, soft smooth on a more electronical base ( like beth quist ), influenced by prog rock bands like Fates Warning, he tries to join the best of both worlds, virtual & real instruments & rock & electronic .