Release: March 22, 2000 Label: Independent Tracks: 12
PIANO MUSIC FOR THE NEW AGE
(The Malta Independent December 2002)
This has been a good year for Clifford Borg. The release of Drifted, his debut outing, was well-received, despite the fact that the CD is not geared for the commercial market. Having moved on from Orion, the group he formed part alongside violinist Joseph Chetcuti and singer Josie Scerri, Clifford decided to focus on his own career. In the course of completing the works on Drifted, he has also written songs for other artists, including Chiara.
The 12 instrumental piano compositions on Drifted, are largely reflective, openly melodic without being obvious, and above all, soothing. This is the kind of music to look for when chilling out on a lazy Sunday morning.
It creates a comfortable atmosphere, whether you are entertaining guests at home or simply for the pleasure of your own listening and relaxation. In fact, the music on Drifted could be easily be filed under New Age music, given there is an underlying meditative quality to it.
Following a handful of local performances, Clifford has also invited to headline The Simplicity Tour, which included a series of dates around Germany as well as one-off gigs in Paris, Luzern and Hinterrux. Furthermore, a remix of his composition Hoping was given a contemporary dance remix ( included here as a bonus track) that has been adopted by several DJs as part of their playlist. The Hoping remix was also played on Dutch radio station Enschede FM, where Clifford was invited for a live interview in connection with his tour in Germany.
With this experience in hand, and the promising work on Drifted, Clifford Borg's potential is obvious, and his live performances which included some jazz and classical standards, are recommended to any genuine music lover.
Drifted is a true example that good, passionate music does not need cosmetic facelifts to make its point, and the 12 stripped-down songs here are proof of this!