Music Review: Back to the Garden by Annmarie Soul
Originally from Michigan, Annmarie Soul’s first class at Jivamukti Yoga in NYC sparked her commitment to yoga and devotional music. After traveling, training in yoga, and perfecting her songwriting, Annmarie rooted in LA, teaching throughout Los Angeles as well as at festivals including Bhakti Fest, BaliSpirit Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and Moksha Festival.
The production on her latest release Back to the Garden has a sincere and pure sound that perfectly matches the sincerity and purity of her voice. At the heart of the songs, acoustic guitar and her voice dominate and maintain a soft intimacy with the listener—as if she’s performing just for you on her porch in the early morning hours.
The title track “Back to the Garden” features delicate, flute-like vocal harmonies that weave in and out of each other effortlessly on top of gentle brush drums. Soul puts just enough, shall we say, “soul” into her vocals to maintain interest and not let them float away into the background completely. “Ready” unexpectedly and pleasantly blends flute and guitar, topped again with Soul’s sweet and wholesome voice. “Be a Blessing” is a standout track that brings to mind Gordon Lightfoot. This entire album has a lovely simplicity that makes it accessible to people of all ages and musical aptitudes, with enough general appeal to reach well outside yoga and devotional circles.
Reviewed by McKenna Rowe, a DJ, yoga teacher, and founder of Chakra 5 Yoga which provides mobile yoga classes on location and by appointment to students throughout Los Angeles.