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Michael Whalen - Sacred Spaces is #1 'New age music guide - Best New Age Music Albums So Far for 2020'

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2020 has been a different kind of year, no doubt about that. But when it comes to New Age music, this year has been amazing! The age of Covid19 has given us some truly extraordinary albums. Enjoy this list of top five New Age music releases from the first half of 2020!

The list has been compiled based on the popularity of the releases on Newagemusic.guide, your votes on our request page, and review ratings. At the end of the year, we will publish our usual Top 10 Albums list (here is the list for 2019) – where the below albums for sure will play an important part. But rest assured, 2020 has plenty of more excellent music in store for us!

When the pandemic started, Michael Whalen's "Sacred Spaces" was like an answer to a prayer. The album is also profoundly existential in nature, dealing with the search for a higher power. The French expression tour de force comes to mind many times while listening to the album – partly because of the highly creative soundscapes and partly thanks to Whalen's exceptional melodic talent.

Last year Michael Whalen released the solo piano album "Cupid Blindfolded", to high acclaim and great reviews. About this year's album, Michael says: "Over the past decade, I realized I am 100 percent responsible for whatever my relationship with a higher being might be. When I first had the idea to do an album about the search for a higher power, I was imagining an orchestral project - a symphony. There was a point where I ran out of gas, maybe because part of me didn't really want an answer. A couple of years ago, I revisited some themes I'd written and thought that maybe I should do this as an electronic project." The result is "Sacred Spaces".

It sounds like a cliché, but "Sacred Spaces" is what the world needs right now. 

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