The Donald Wiles sound is nothing short of blissfully calming, soaked in great vibes with just enough of a retro touch of nostalgia to really get your mind wandering to wonderful places as you listen. Just Dreamin’ is brilliant and aptly titled example of exactly this. The music is unbelievably smooth, the instrumental performances are fantastic but the way they’ve been mixed has such a delicacy to it that the skill just floats out and around you as if it’s inherently a part of the natural world.
The word retro comes to mind as there’s a certain crackle to the sound, the recording feels like a long lost vinyl from way back when. The riffs and melodies lead you away in a hypnotic and even seductive sort away, provoking that necessary calmness, letting you sink further into relaxation and all the while reminding you, should you stop to really listen, of the sheer professionalism and talent that radiates from these performances. The instrumental choices add to both the smoothness and the realness, there’s a raw performance style to it all, but most definitely it is the melodies, the notes chosen, the meandering nature of their presentation, that really provides the journey upon which the track takes you.
As an electric pianist it seems that Donald Wiles has the skills and the desire to create and craft mesmerising soundscapes, his abilities are up there with the best of them, and that makes this a captivating audio experience – the sort that really just begs for you to witness it in real-time at a live show. His love of music, his knowledge and ability, all connect flawlessly with his natural passion for performance and creative presentation. Well worth indulging in.