Reviews ~ Interviews ~ Media & Music Industry Comments
Kane FM: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"Like the vibe and the production quality is on point!"
Iggy Magazine: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"The song is good and well produced."
CULTR: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"Love the track."
EKM Co: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"A great smooth blend of Indie Pop, Chillout and Downtempo, the use of the vocal is excellent, great fluid track, very easy-listening and soothing energy."
EKM Hunters: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"The song has a nice ambient beat."
The Drunken Coconut: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix) by Ariel & Ryan (Canada)
"Amazing work on this one! Look forward to hearing more! This chill step remix brings a relaxed atmosphere full of soft strings, piano ballads, crisp percussions and euphonic synths. This is the ultimate chilled vibe remix of Blind to You. This remix is absolutely perfect in every way. You are going to love it!"
CloudKid: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix) by Yiannis
"Some great ideas in here, production was good."
Dance-Charts: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix) (Gemany)
"Very good production, great vocals."
Great Random Music: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"Personally enjoyed it."
Do The Dance Playlists: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix)
"Very well produced and classy, it has something making me really crave for Summer... good job!"
Anne Carlini Exclusive Magazine: review of Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix) for Ben Hobbs by Russell Trunk (USA)
"Catherine Duc, a Grammy-nominated composer and producer has taken Ben Hobbs' beautiful song and embedded a stunning gossamer of breathy ambiance and soaring light to it. It truly has to be heard." [click link above for full review]
Sora Music: feature on Blind to You (Till The Daylight Remix) for Ben Hobbs (Thailand)
YT Pop Music Channel: featured artist
EDM Ranks: feature on Blind to You (Stargazing Remix) (remix for Ben Hobbs) (USA)
Indie Spoonful: review (USA)
"Ben Hobbs and Catherine Duc, two heavy-hitters in the music scene, have teamed up for an EDM song. Right from the start, the remix is top-notch standing toe-to-toe with charting EDM...spellbinding." [click link above for full review]
The Indie Music Reporter: feature (USA)
Hammarica: feature (USA)
Broadpals: feature (Malaysia)
Mark Weber Music Blog: review of Drive (remix for Paloma Rush) by Mark Weber (USA)
"It sounds fresh - the kind of song I'd listen to while traveling on I-95 in Miami." [click link above for review]
That Drop: feature of Intimacy (remix for The Corrs) (USA)
"We love the passionate and soulful vocals with the delicate ambient samples you weaved in to enrich the original track. Great work giving Intimacy your majestic and alluring touch." [click link above for feature]
Shine On Hollywood: feature (USA)
"Catherine has been nominated for various prestigious awards, including the Grammy earlier this year in the New Age category. Her work has been described as rich and delicious with a cornucopia of ingredients that blend into flavors that are unique and refreshing" [click link above for feature]
The Australian Songwriter: member news #114 (Australia)
Post Grammy update [click link above for review]
The Australian Songwriter: member news #112 (Australia)
Pre Grammy update [click link above for review]
Zone Music Reporter: review by R J Lannan (USA)
"I would encourage every listener who likes Clannad, David Arkenstone or Jeff Johnson and Brian Dunning to pick up this album. Catherine Duc proves herself to be not only a superb storyteller, but a brilliant musician and arranger." [click link above for review]
Writings By Serge Kozlovsky: review by Serge Kozlovsky (Belarus)
"It is not accidentally that the album Voyager was nominated for a Grammy Award. Its beauty gives you a power to live on and to feel all the unbelievable beauty of the surrounding world." [click link above for review]
Sounds Behind The Corner: review by Nicola Tenani (Italy, in Italian)
"Eleven voyages between seas and gentle breezes, sunny, over time, throughout the ages, in the desire to maintain a strong bond of world music with those who still can indulge in it with serenity." [click link above for review]
Peek-A-Boo: review by William Lienard (Belgium, in Dutch)
"You hear exotic instruments and melodies in her compositions that take you to Irish pubs, East European steppes, monasteries in the high Himalayas or mysterious places of worship in the late Middle Ages. In other words, the material is varied and very diverse in terms of interpretation, and so the conclusion is that Voyager is a nice, balanced and strong album that one takes with him (or her) to the magical land where all dreams come true." [click link above for review]
Exclusive Magazine: review by Russell A. Trunk (USA)
"Catherine Duc is not only a musical artist of the highest order, but a creator of visions that sweep your mind in the most colorful, breathtaking ways. Here on her new album, Voyager, Duc once again takes us on a musical journey through her unique world of ambient, Celtic, electronica and World music. Duc's talents as a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist means that she always brings her A game to the recording process." [click link above for review]
Artic Mist: review by Jorge Sergio (Spain, in Spanish)
"The musical alchemy that is in Voyager is amazing. Voyager invites us, on a journey through different cultures and countries. Certainly the ability to Catherine Duc for a balance between classic and contemporary arrangements instrumentation is admirable." [click link above for review]
Gracie Productions: review of Single Glance digital single (genre: guitar pop-rock) by Tony Bucher (USA)
"I really like your voice! The chorus on this song is VERY catchy. This song is a throwback to the sounds of the 70s and 80s which is a very cool thing... I definitely look forward to hearing more from you. You have a lot of talent!"
Music Dish: review of Single Glance digital single (genre: guitar pop-rock) by Eric de Fontenay (USA)
"Single Glance is a lyrically and musically solid mid tempo love song that is so catchy, it's almost contagious. A fun song, 'Single Glance' was produced by UK producer, Stuart Epps who has worked with renowned artists including Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison and Robbie Williams. Duc's breathy vocal style is reminiscent of Melody Gardot, and her vocal performance on this cut it perfect. It's pop with a definite country twist to it, and great hooks and breaks. The harmonies are well done, and it's a very well-produced track that has driving guitars and rhythms, layered with melodic keyboards. While it's about the attraction one feels from a single glance, the song itself is suitable for any occasion from hanging with friends to cruising in the car or just lifting your mood on a rainy day. Duc scores big with this track, which pop and country music lovers will adore."
Single Glance was also featured in the Pop section of the Music Industry News Network site.
The Music Feed: review by Luke Dailey (USA)
"Australian composer Catherine Duc manages to convey a sense of accomplished artistry even before listening to her music. She's compared to brilliant artists like Royksopp, and Phillip Glass. Catherine swallows you whole with a fully realized music landscape. It’s art of the highest order."
Sounds Behind The Corner: review by Nicola Tenani (Italy, in Italian)
"Between burning of incenses, evaporated scents, to the search of essences of worlds always others, this is in the style of Enya, Enigma, Deep Forest or Delerium. It transmits harmony and positivity to all listeners. We recommend it."
Skope Magazine: review by Jimmy Rae (USA)
"Catherine Duc will guarantee to put your entire self at ease with her world full of joy, wonder and happiness. If this Australian artist can’t relax you and make you forget about life for a minute, then I don’t know who or what will."
Longe Magazine: feature (USA)
Original press releases of Visions and Dreams featured. Scanned extract of hardcopy magazine also available.
Target Audience Magazine: album review by Jerel Johnson (USA)
"Catherine Duc is a very talented artist with her own unique spin on world music with a talent for taking diverse elements and making it work." [click link above for review]
Raised on Indie (USA)
Essence of Dreams selected as track of the day.
PDX Reviews: album review by Phil Adams (USA)
"Your music is amazing. One Autumn Day and In The Light of Day are incredible."
New Reviews: album review (UK)
"Catherine Duc seems to be hot news on the instrumental scene, and with good reason. People who are into their instrumental music will be thoroughly impressed with the diversity of instrumentation and influence that this album offers." [click link above for review]
Dark Room Magazine: album review by Nicholas Tenani (Italy, in Italian)
"The sonorous world of Catherine is immense and sensitive...class with refinement and taste. Every piece succeeds to evoke beatiful landscapes." [click link above for review]
Indie Music Digest: album review by Cyrus Rhodes (USA)
"Some truly impressive moments. Catherine Duc is a brilliant composer, and if you are a fan of all things ambient you should dive head first into Visions and Dreams as soon as possible." [click link above for review]
Women's Radio: album review by Brian Ball (USA)
"Visions and Dreams speaks to the listener on deeply intimate levels by way of (mainly) instrumental fantasies that touch on boundaries of trip hop, ambient, world, experimental, classical and contemporary - all while maintaining a keen sense of musical integrity and pioneering edge."
Celtic Rock: album review by Jessy (Germany)
"For friends of relaxation and any meditations in the sunshine one can present Vision and Dreams confidently." [click link above for review]
Radio Australia Australian Bite (Australia):
"A blend of Celtic and world melodies with electronica and atmospheric soundscapes." [click link above for review]
Muzik Reviews: album review by Dennis Mersmann (USA)
"If you’re already a fan of worldbeat or ambient (any similar genre) then this album is definitely a worthy addition." [click link above for review]
Snob's Music: album review by Peter Kearns (Canada)
"Where Duc does stand out from many New Age musicians in that several of her tracks are actually catchy. Catherine Duc's music is as good an example of New Age as any I've had the occasion to hear." [click link above for review]
El Retorno Del Gigante: album review by Gustavo Bolasini (Spain)
"Standing out is the fascinating 'Incense' with an ethnic Arabic touch and great sonorous dramatic quality and the gorgeous 'In The Light of Day' with delicate and stirring orchestral adjustments developing to a charming Celtic melody. A good work of this artist, effective instrumentalist and original composer Catherine Duc. " [click link above for review]
Faeries and Angels Magazine: album review by Adrienne Dumas (USA)
"Visions and Dreams by Catherine Duc is a relaxing and purely hypnotic CD that takes the listener on a beautiful musical journey. We at "The Faeries and Angels Magazine" highly recommend adding this CD to your collection of New Age and meditative music!" [click link above for review]
Reflections of Darkness: album review by Sebastian Huhn (Germany)
"Visions and Dreams is pure ambience and mood. Every single song on its own takes you on a journey. Everybody who’s having a soft spot for moody ambient music replete with natural instruments of all kinds won’t be disappointed." [click link above for review]
The Celebrity Cafe: album review by Courtney Thompson (US)
"Visions and Dreams takes you on an ethereal and exotic journey through instrumentals, influenced by Electronica and World beats stemming from Ireland and Latin America. If you like Enya and the Pure Moods compilations, then you can’t miss Visions and Dreams." [click link above for review]
"Exquisite and a joy to listen to. Highly recommended for fans of Enya, Deep Forest, Ennio Morricone and the Tea Party." [click link above for review]
Indie Music Review Net: album review by Gary Levinson (Germany)
"Visions and Dreams is a high-quality new age album which brings a bit of peace and tranquility to today’s ever-tenser world." [click link above for review]
Lone Reviewer: album review by André Jackson (Germany)
Note: written in German. [click link above for review]
First Coast Community (USA)
"Soothing and relaxing music." [click link above for full review]
Music To Work To: album review by F.J. Ubalde (USA)
"I highly recommend this CD to anyone thirsting for fresh new music not heard everyday. This is definitely music for the heart and soul." [click link above for full review]
She Unlimited (USA)
"Visions And Dreams is an album by one of today's truly gifted, experienced and musically diverse artists, Catherine Duc, and she has excelled. You the listener will gain something. Highly recommended." [click link above for full review]
Bella Online: album review by Shelia M. Goss (USA)
" I not only found the CD relaxing, but motivating. If you're trying to work on something creative, listening to Visions and Dreams can help spark those creative juices." [click link above for full review]
Rambles: album review by Sherrill Fulghum (USA)
"Duc has molded new age forms and numerous musical styles from around the world -- Middle and Far Eastern, Celtic, Native American, etc. -- with ambient sounds to create some beautiful melodies with flawless perfection." [click link above for full review]
Indie Music Group: album review by Doug Morris (USA)
"I would strongly urge you to buy this album if you enjoy New Age music. You can't go wrong with this one!" [click link above for full review]
Vibe Rate: album review by Jim Mullen (USA)
"Catherine Duc's inaugural offering, Visions and Dreams, serves as the soundtrack of a serene journey through distant, yet overlapping, times and space. Each song is it's own destination on this delightful sonic trip. Like an amazing storyteller who structures their tales with an open-endedness that allows the reader to come to their own, either preamble or, conclusion, this talented songstress does the same with her music." [click link above for full review]
Sonic Curiosity: album review by Matt Howarth (USA)
"Duc's multi-instrumental delivery produces music of soft and earthy sentiments. Her compositions are tranquil and possess heart that communicates without lyrical content. Engaging melodies are keynote here, spurning flash and pomp and going for sonic sincerity." [click link above for full review]
Luna Cafe: album review by Anna Maria Stjärnell (Sweden)
"Many others are attempting a similar sort of sound, but few are as adept at it as Duc is. Her debut sees her establish a style she can be proud of." [click link above for full review]
Music Industry News Network (mi2n.com) (USA)
Front page feature about Los Angeles Music Awards, December 2006.
Maximum Ink: album review by Andrew Frey (USA)
"An amalgamation of worldwide musical rhythms and melodies that are subtly and sublimely cajoled into a contemporary ambient musical epiphany."
Arctic Mist: album review in Spanish by Jorge Sergio (Spain)
"Visions And Dreams is an exultant, full disc of light with evocative melodies. It mixes so many different styles that he is difficult not to be surprised by the coherence that it shows as a whole." [click link above for full review]
New Artist Radio: album review by Phillip Hardy (USA)
"Visions and Dreams is an accomplished work of modern instrumental music that is melodic and relaxing to the soul. The sound production is professional, the arrangements are dynamic and the World beat essence of different countries evokes many moods and images." [click link above for full review]
Artist, Repertiore and International Licensing (Australia)
"As an award winning composer, Catherine Duc has an achieved an excellent cohesive tone... a truly inspired collection of work." Essence of Dreams is also on the compilation CD that's packaged with the magazine. [for full review see A&R Magazine issue #25]
About.com: album review by Mike Stier (USA)
"Rating: 5 stars. Her music is graceful and majestic with an invasive sweeping grandeur all the while utilizing an array of electronic instruments, leaving you with a feeling of empowerment." [click link above for full review]
Indie Music: album review by Catherine L. Tully (USA)
"Visions and Dreams pleased me immensely. With Celtic overtones and an electronica feel that ranges from relaxing to uplifting, this CD is a winner." [click link above for full review]
Morpheus Music: album review by Paul Jury (UK)
"Exotic fantasy compositions that draw on elements of Celtic, global mood music and melodic ambient." [click link above for full review]
Media Search: album review by Anna Kosmanovski (Australia)
Each song on the album is a perfectly crafted journey. The Melbourne based artist paints a picture with her array of ambient sounds, Celtic music influence, all glazed with an other worldly sounding electronic base." [click link above for full review]
International Online Music: album review by Colin Lynch (USA)
"I hope that music lovers and appreciators everywhere get a glimpse of what I have from this remarkable piece of work from a remarkably accomplished musician composer." [click link above for full review]
Mondo Blu: album review by Paul De Micheli (Spain)
"There is a clear sense of cohesion to the CD, so that you come away with the impression that you are being guided along the journey through Duc's personal soundscapes. Inspired and inspiring." [click link above for full review]
Ocean View Press: album review by Rob Watts (USA)
"Catherine Duc invites the listener along with her on a journey of relaxation and imagination. This is an album that truly deserves to be experienced." [click link above for full review]
Nature and Health magazine: featured CD of June/July 2006 edition (Australia)
"Australian musician Catherine Duc has created an enchanting CD."
Prediction: featured CD of the month (UK)
"There is much for the ambient music fan here... This album gets a big thumbs up from us." Rated 'superb'. [for full review, see Prediction magazine May 2006 issue].
First Coast News: album review by Paul Zimmerman (USA)
"A beautiful album of intricate and blissful sounds that is a journey worth taking." [click link above for full review]
Amazing Sounds: album review by Alejandro Hinojosa (Spain)
"An album that no doubt deserves an attentive listening." [click link above for full review]
Download.com: review by music editor (USA)
"It's hardly surprising that this Melbourne composer has a film degree, her ambient soundscapes could easily find their way onto a movie soundtrack: a coming-of-age tale, say, set in a mysterious foreign land, with Duc's mix of Celtic folk winds, lush synth washes, and pulsing percussion underlining a dramatic meeting of cultures."
Wavelength: album review by Tyrone Warner (Canada)
"Each track is a carefully crafted atmosphere composed of a unique and articulate language which tells a story full of images and emotion... a master at composing and performing." [click link above for full review]
Top40-Charts: news feature (USA)
"Duc blazes trails for New Age music on her new album, arriving at a novel and intoxicating blend of Celtic and ambient music. This is music to take note of." [click link above for full review]
Muse's Muse: album review by JJ Biener (Canada)
"While touching on Celtic, New Age and Ambient genres, Catherine has produced a series of pieces that embody the best aspects of each of these styles. They are well written, well produced and they are accessible to the casual listener... She consistently constructs musical pieces of depth and complexity that capture the imagination and compel the listener's attention." [click link above for full review]
Nightflying Entertainment Guide: album review by Doug Treadway (USA)
"Ah, the new world . a land of visions and dreams and softly lilting melodies . you know, it's hard to find words to describe this music as it is almost too ethereal for words. You just have to listen to it and get lost."
Wind and Wire: album review by Bill Binkelman (USA)
"An excellent debut album. Catherine Duc should garner plenty of attention from lovers of infectious rhythm-laden new age or chill-out music." [click link above for full review]
Times of Acadiana newspaper: album review by Arsenio Orteza (USA)
"There's New Age music you notice and New Age music you don't. What places this album among the former is the verve that Catherine Duc brings to a genre that's now more than a quarter century old." [click link above for full review]
Collected Sounds: album review by Amy Lotsberg (USA)
"The melodies are refreshing and lovely. The songs range from Celtic to electronica and other realms in between." [click link above for full review]
New Age Reporter: album review by R.J. Lannan (USA)
"I knew after one minute of play that I was going to like this stuff. Visions and Dreams the newest album by Catherine Duc is an amazing amalgam of Ambient, Celtic and World themes. This is animated waves of beauty and light and fire." [click link above for full review]
Melliflua: album review by Dene Bebbington (UK)
"It's clearly an album by someone who knows where they're coming from in terms of influences, and who knows how to make use of it in their own style. This is a very accessible album that has a commercial feel, which should give it an appeal to a wide audience." [click link above for full review]
My Morning Routine: interview with Benjamin Spall about my morning routine, work-life balance and (USA)
Music Gateway: interview with co-writer/producer of Drive and 2 time Emmy Award winner, Lars Deutsch (USA)
Clouzine: interview with Art Tawangar about my music studies and influences (USA)
Independent Music Awards: Artist Q & A (USA)
I Am Radio World: short interview after coming back from the GRAMMYs (USA)
Chant La Bon: interview with Tracey Arbone about my GRAMMY Nomination for Voyager (Australia)
Celi Britto: interview with Jaisal Sonale about what lead me to music, singing and online promotion (Australia)
Crimson Moon: interview with Summon about my musical influences, inspirations and side projects (USA)
Vents Magazine: interview with Rafael Jovine about how I got started in music and my influences (USA)
Every Woman Radio Show: interview with Wendy Oakley about my music studies and inspiring words for achieving your dreams (USA)
Chaos Control: interview with Bob Gourley about the creative and recording process on 'Visions and Dreams' and my upcoming album (USA)
Two Groove: interview with Tyler Groover about the past, present and future (USA)
Lost Frontier: interview with Javier Bedoya about Celtic music, travel and my next album (Spain, in Spanish)
The Fabulous Woman: interview with Janine Slayton about my musical influences and inspiration (USA)
The Spiritual Significance of Music: interview with Justin St Vincent about the spiritual significance of music (USA)
Underground Interviews: interview with Virginie about composing and live performances (France)
Quiescence Music: interview with piano teacher, Edward Weiss about composing, creativity and advice to new age music pianists (USA)
The Current State of The Australian Music Industry: interview about using MySpace for independent music (Australia)
Mystic Soundscapes Radio: radio interview with Pete Havey about my album and plans (USA)
Wiki Music Guide: interview with Abby (Phillipines)
Arctic Mist: short Interview with Jorge Sergio (Spain)
IOM Magazine: interview with Colin Lynch talking about my music influences, career and plans (Canada)
"My earliest and main influences were ambient-groove artists like Deep Forest and Enigma... I was fascinated at how they mixed world music with modern rhythms and synthesizers and this inspired me a lot with my music." [click link above for full interview]
Australian Music Online: talking about the making of my album and Australian music (Australia)
Voices and Visions: short interview with Sandy about my musical influences (USA)
Dainty World Beat: interview with Thomas Lau about the making of Visions and Dreams (Germany)