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  • Writer's pictureArashk Azizi

Melodies by Ralf Beitner with Amy Lungu

Updated: Jun 14

"Melodies" is a soulful album by Ralf Beitner containing twelve enchanting songs. The music in "Melodies" exudes a positive mood, characterized by solo violins intertwined with the warm timbre of Ralf Beitner’s voice, creating a soothing atmosphere. Listening to "Melodies" feels like being wrapped in a warm blanket and sipping hot tea on a cold winter evening, surrounded by a cozy ambient light.

Ralf’s composition style hovers somewhere between pop, jazz, new age, ambient, and even a bit of country. This diverse tapestry of genres makes the music sound both interesting and exotic, while also being familiar and soothing to the ear. Personally, the music in this album reminded me of Cat Stevens’ work, particularly in pieces like "Kamouraska," "This World," "Trust & Try," and "Kathy."

The melodic progression in “Kamouraska” is particularly interesting, the main melody is sung by the vocal while the solo violin plays the counter melody, eventually the violin takes the center stage as the string orchestra fills the harmonies. This technique has been used several times in other pieces of the album as well, most notably in “Nothing For Forever”.

In my opinion the violin in this album is not standing back on the stage filling the voids of the vocal, on the other hand I see it as a duet. The melodic and timbral importance of the violin is on the same level as the vocal.

This entanglement of the vocals and violin solos makes more sense with the name of the album, “Melodies”, which reinforces the idea of a duet. This album is about melodies not just lyrics. I can even dare go as far to say despite most songs where melody is merely an ornament to the lyrics, here the lyrics are an ornament to the melodies.

This brings me to my next point which is its human quality, especially in a time when the heat of AI has dominated all aspects of our lives. The songs in "Melodies" stand out for their genuine emotion and the human touch in every note and lyric. This authenticity is a testament to the skill and passion of the musicians involved. The violin sings and the vocalist performs. The accompaniment entangles with the melodies and the music as a whole presents a human warmth.

Ralf Beitner is a performing singer-songwriter, and his wife, Amy Lungu, is a professional violinist. Their band consists of professional jazz-influenced musicians from the southwest of Germany, and this release features a chamber orchestra. The focus is on melodic tunes, story songs, and atmospheric instrumental parts, all written by Ralf Beitner. He has been awarded the "Deutsche Rock- und Pop Preis" twice and has been a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Competition.

"Melodies" is a beautifully crafted album that showcases Ralf Beitner’s songwriting talent and Amy Lungu’s exceptional violin performances. It is a refreshing departure from the heavily produced music of today, offering a heartfelt and genuine listening experience. Whether you are a fan of pop, jazz, new age, or ambient music, "Melodies" is sure to captivate your heart and soul with its soothing melodies and emotional depth.

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