Genre: New Age
Label: Dreamtime records
Musicians:Randy Copus – piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards, Pamela Copus – flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5.
2002 is a new age group composed of Randy and Pamela Copus. 2002 has charted eleven albums on the Billboard New Age Charts.
The themes of several of 2002’s albums are deeply rooted in mythology. Wings is based on the Greek legend of Icarus.
Pamela, Randy, and their daughter Sarah record all their music at their state-of-the-art studio. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5. Sarah, their daughter who has recently joined the band, sings and plays celtic harp, violin, ukulele, piano, and Irish whistle. 2002 provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a “virtual choir” with a celestial, angelic quality. The vocals also have many dimensions, as words and chants in Sanskrit, Spanish, Gaelic, Latin and Japanese, representing sacred traditions throughout the world, can be heard on their albums
Artist website: http://www.2002music.com/
Once In Ancient Greece – Starts with wind sound and chimes – without looking at the title, this track kind of brings pictures in my mind of flying or moving over an ancient Greek landscape, although there is no Greek sounds of flavor present in the track. (I like to listen to this genre that way. I put on the CD and just close my eyes and listen without looking at the track listing or liner notes or anything. I feel that is when this type of music is at its best and most potent).
A Year and A Day – This is an ambient track with pan flute and synth. It sort of feels like the beginning of a journey to me.
The Sands of Crete – This is a very relaxing track. It seems to hone in on the lower base of one’s core.
Icarus – This is not one of my favorites. I think the vocals are overdone and it sounds like a Bach influence.
Athens Memories – The harp in this piece sounds like it doesn’t belong there to me. I feel the foundation of the piece can stand alone on it’s own merits. It’s a nice piece all in all though.
The Tower of Minos – I don’t know what they were doing here. It sounds like they were just playing with pitch too much to create a slow vibrato. I find this track more disturbing than relaxing.
Wings – The obligatory title track. It doesn’t really go anywhere for me. It gives a kind of stuck feeling rather than a restful one.
Feathers – I guess you can’t have wings without feathers, can you. This track has a nice elemental start that sounds like wind blowing through trees to me. It kind of stays with that feel through out. It’s a nice piece that kind of makes you feel like your just relaxing, listening to the wind blow through trees with the occasional bird song. Great for naps.
Temple of Apollo – Everybody knows who Apollo was. This song as the title implies, kind of feels like you are walking into an ancient majestic temple. (In this case they want it to be a temple of Apollo). Another nice piece in my opinion.
Here’s the first track: https://youtu.be/xjWXVfddBBg