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[Review] John O’Callaghan – Two Trees

If you haven’t been graced with the sounds of master pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi, do not worry, the Irishman John O’Callaghan has brought him to the Trance arena.

As a downtime listening favourite, Ludovico’s Two Trees resonated with John, and now, he has exposed it to a wider market through an extraordinary transformation. If you’re a regular listener of John’s music, you would have heard this track months ago. It has been sought after by thousands, anticipating its hopeful release.

The two tracks are simultaneously worlds apart and intrinsically connected. With the signature JOC kicks, grinding synths, and intense energy, the Irishman’s take on this has been crafted to perfection, capturing the essence of Ludovico’s piano, while maintaining its dancefloor appeal.

It is a reminder that the distinction between Trance and other forms of Electronic Dance Music, is the primal melodic addition to the rhythmic template, giving it almost limitless versatility. John capatalised on this, raising the tempo to 140 Beats Per Minute, while staying faithful to the original.

Apart from the DJ-friendly intro/outro, the track maintains its Two Trees influence throughout, kicking off instantly with Ludovico’s iconic chords, backed by John’s energetic kicks. At the breakdown, the vibrating echo of key notes emphasises the original compositional magic, and brings the track alive. At the drop, there is nothing left to imagine, you are already holstered into your journey, and propelled into a full-fledged state of Trance.

It’s a stunning blend of beauty, sadness, tragedy, and euphoria.

As an original release, it would have been something special, but the fact it transformed an existing masterpiece into something of this Trance calibre, makes it extraordinary.

John O’Callaghan – Two Trees reminds us of the pride we should all feel when we hear Trance music for what it really is: The ability to tap into our innermost feelings and connect with the musical world and beyond, as one.

Hats off to you Mr. O’Callaghan, you have again proved that Trance is much more than Dance music.

Ludovico Einaudi – Two Trees

John O’Callaghan – Two Trees

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About Chris Lipapis

South Australian born/Melbourne-based DJ, with a decade-long passion for Trance music. If I’m not listening to it, I’m studying the industry, and global scene…Also known to be a sucker for 80s and Metal music…

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