Have you had a chance to ever explore any recordings by new age music pioneer UMA SILBEY? If not, now would be a good time. And a nice place to start would be her latest recording, ALTERED STATES, which features a variety of ambient-oriented piano and synthesizer pieces designed to be interesting to listen to, but also soothing and relaxing.

The most melodic tunes are the first one (“Meditation”) and the closing number (“Heartfelt”). In between there is “Voices From the Deep” featuring piano with a couple of synthesized string instruments. Check out the emotion contained in slow, single, spaced, piano notes that ring and linger on “Cloudscapes.” These are classic-sounding new age tunes perfect for unwinding, meditating, massage therapy or any “downtime” activity.