ANNEMARIE DUFF: Music for Sleep & Creativity
By Elise Brinkman
Conceptually, ‘Music for Sleep & Creativity’ presents a likeable idea. At 12 tracks long, this album is designed to provide a backdrop for those creatively inclined, encouraging work flow, relaxation and a peaceful sleep. Rhythmic chordal electric piano rhythms provide a backdrop for tumbling melodies augmented by a range of synthesised sounds, evoking many of the creator’s contemporaries who often feature routinely in cafes, day spas and the like. However it must be said that from album opener Mantras, it’s clear that Duff would have been wise to invest in some better gear. Jarringly fake-sounding strings and glockenspiels, not to mention woodwind instruments, mar what otherwise could be a relaxing and tranquil experience. Livingstone Street is a notable standout, with a fragile, porcelain-doll upper register tinkling dominating the melody line. Play this album at low volume while you go about your daily business – it might just work for you.