Music is a such a beautiful and mysterious thing. On the brand new remixed album, Fortune Has Turned by classical composer, Chris Lastovicka, he creates a dark and mysterious, yet curious look on the track “The 7th Chapter of Job”, Lastovicka creates a fascinating musical journey on the two highlighted singles.
“The 7th Chapter of Job” opens with dark, brooding strings of the bass, cello, and violin, to set the mood. It gently melds into a featured piano solo, then slowly waves its way through darkness into light violin. The slow, gentle chanting paired with the violin created a hauntingly delicate mood. The
The vocals of Diana Cataldi and Kimberly Tobola added their vocals into the song and helped to create a song with story, with a journey.
Fortune Has Turned explores the journey from a place of deep suffering to the fullness and freedom of the heart. It becomes a quest, a journey to find one’s self. Lastovicka says “I asked Jeremy Allom to take the original, raw recordings for this album and bring out their vitality with his own powerful, creative stamp.”
He added, “When I was thinking about who I’d like to remix my album, I thought about my favorite album, Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines,‘” then explained, “I wondered if I would be able to even get Jeremy Allom, who mixed that album. I did, and it has been an incredible experience working with him and getting to know him.”
The skill of Lastovicka is undeniable, though. He maintains a real sense of power throughout the 5-song set. On the track “Abraxas,” it opens as just the single piano notes playing repeatedly, and then melds into a soft melody. It truly becomes a mix of haunting strings and piano. When you feel like the song is going to take a certain direction, it takes a complete opposite direction. There is technique displayed in this song and generally in all Lastovicka’s work.
The last track, “The End of Tyranny”, is one of the highlighted tracks on the album. The piano is the main instrument featured in this song; The strings add depth and elegance to song changing their tune from soft, gentle strings to loud, vibrant strings, and back around to the elegance.