Rainbow Cove 5:370:00/5:37
Gathering the Clouds 5:040:00/5:04
Sunlight in Rain 4:200:00/4:20
Sared Mountain 4:460:00/4:46
Through the Rainbow 5:020:00/5:02
Courting the Moon 5:370:00/5:37
Jasmine Rain 4:090:00/4:09
Wind Dancer 5:190:00/5:19
First Day of Spring 4:570:00/4:57
Available on Amazon on June 11, 2021
Indigenous only to the Americas, the similarities in the stories are impossible to miss. Like an echo in a canyon, throughout our native cultures, the little hummingbird has represented hope, rebirth, beauty, balance, joy, and harmony. The hummingbird's wings create an infinity symbol when they move, just like the 2002 logo, symbolizing eternity and continuity.
This little bird is a harbinger of good fortune and bright spirits, and is part of a larger promise: Mother Nature, in her indefatigable resiliency, always has the capacity to heal herself. We, as a part of nature, can share in that healing.
One of the best examples of 21st century New Age music there is, as it really doesn’t get any better than this.
Steve Sheppard - One World Music Radio
I postulated a while back on the health of the new age genre, and wondered what its current status is; thankfully I can now state without a shadow of a doubt that it is alive and well, and flourishing, especially after a shot in the arm from the world’s greatest new age band 2002, by the release of their latest album Hummingbird.
This journey of utter colour and smooth textures starts with the abundant beauty of Rainbow Cove, which in my view must be the best starting composition I can ever remember on an album of this style, its fluent, graceful, charming, and its multi-instrumental nature simply sublime.
The Copus family are well versed in the skill set of creating a compelling musical narrative; now they are three young Sarah only adds so much to the trio. The Harp here on Walela is transcendent, the string sections and symphonic backdrop simply mystical, and very redolent of a movie theme, can such beauty be before me? Yes it can, via this amazing new album called Hummingbird.
The mood filled guitar of Randy Copus brings us Gathering the Clouds, a track that manifests more and more growth and progression as it goes, there is a native feel to this piece that I adore so much, the flute of Pamela Copus brings us that image, and the strings just carry us away on a tone of delight and bliss.
Sunlight in Rain hovers like an expectant and heavy cloud in late October, the radiance of a long past summer has gone, but the remnants of those beautiful days linger on, and then showers upon the surface of the Earth fall, like tears from a new born child; this is a breath taking performance by the band, the combination of keyboards, strings and harmonics is just mesmerizing.
The half way marker is reached by the arrival to the land of the Sacred Mountain. This is the traditional playground of the band and this full flowing and lush style has blessed our weary ears for years, as we approach the midway segment of the song we are gifted some of the sweetest vocalisations your ever likely to hear.
I thought I at first had gone back to the 30’s and had a feeling that there really is no place like home when I first heard Through the Rainbow. The band have manifested a wonderfully warm and all-embracing composition here, this is like a musical arm around the shoulder, or the equivalent of a warm bowl of musical chicken soup, almost a lullaby, certainly film score, but at all times startlingly brilliant, and deeply caring in composition and arrangement for each and every one of us, oh yes, and of course your little doggie too.
Courting the Moon, there is little in the night sky that holds my attention than the white globe we stare at during the darkness of the night, and sharing a moment of love under it is something both Chrissie and I do on a regular basis, little did I know that 2002 would create a soundtrack for that moment, and an amazingly beautiful one at that. The ambience of this track is deeply felt and the keyboards here deeply emotional, I would say this is music to cry happily to.
We are floating into the deep waters of the album now, and as we do so we come across another stunner entitled Jasmine Rain. I have a Jasmine plant, just need some rain now, and the scent from the Jasmine is so redolent of summer and all that warmth of compassion that comes from it. Once more 2002 manifest a segment in time, a moment that may flicker like a sparkling star at night, but done so with such an amazing skill and crafted purpose; the combination of artistic endeavours from the Copus families multi-instrumental genius, is felt so strongly here on this piece.
The penultimate track from the album is now up and entitled Wind Dancer, the piano starting ethic reminded me so much in mood and feeling of David Lanz in texture, the symbiotic nature flowed so beautifully with the combination of string and flute to bring us, the ever eager listener, a wonderful tapestry of music as our last but one offering.
The last track on the album, and I almost don’t want to write it, as it is the end of the release, because you really will want the experience to last for an eternity, anyway, I must, and therefore I give you First Day of Spring. What a clever and thoughtful way to end with a track that could signify the beginning, a little Enya feel at times, but as is always the case 2002 as a band, warmer in composition and full bodied in arrangement, but how can this just not be the best symphonic moment of magic to leave any album with.
It is hard to explain this, but whilst writing this review I haven’t spoken, drank, or moved, and barely even breathed, and only just realised I hadn’t even saved my work, this is how amazingly great this album is, I kid you not, this is without doubt the best instrumental album that 2002 have ever created. Hummingbird will probably go down in musical history as one of the best examples of 21st century New Age music there is, as it really doesn’t get any better than this.
I give them a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with a perfect score of 5.00
Dick Metcalf ~ Contemporary Fusion Music Reviews
Dynamically satisfying new musical adventure 2002 – HUMMINGBIRD: Lovers of “music with power” will find 2002’s latest release to be one of the most dynamically satisfying new musical adventures ever.
2002’s abilities are far above the norm, but (as the one-sheet says), this album is truly “career defining”… the samples aren’t up yet, as the album doesn’t release officially (digital) until June 11th, with physical copies coming on the 16th of July, 2021. I found “Sacred Mountain” to be one of the most powerful and moving performances I have listened to (yet) in 2021… I have a strong feeling DJ’s (of all stripes) will fall in love with the magic 2002 creates, and will be adding it to playlists for constant rotation!
I will go so far as to say that the musical talents of Randy, Pamela, and Sarah Copus go truly “set the bar” for other players, and that comes through with absolute clarity as you listen to the wonderful harp on “Jasmine Rain”… the piece will give you brilliant visions of the sun-filled world of hope that awaits us after the crises we have recently faced together… the recording is pure sonic delight for the listener.
There was (absolutely) no doubt in my mind after my first listen through the album that my choice for personal favorite would be the rich-toned magic you will enjoy on “Through the Rainbow”… beautiful flute work enhanced by strings that open up whole new vistas of healing an comfort for us all.
As you know if you read my reviews often, 2002 is among my favorite groups, but this time they’ve outdone themselves… I give them a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 5.00 – that means they also get a “PICK” from me for “most significant ambient mindful album”.
One of the best new age releases of 2021
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck - New Age Music Reviews Founder
A little over a year ago I covered the 2002 album Celtic Fairy Dream. Now at the beginning of June Hummingbird will be released. There are no coincidences in life and I have always loved to watch birds. And hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures. Friends of mine have a feeder for them and I was thinking about getting one. This was a mere two weeks ago. So now I am sitting here listening to an album dedicated to those very birds.
2002 is a wonderful family group and immensely talented. They are the mother, father, and daughter team of Randy Copus (guitars, bass, keyboards, vocals), Pamela Copus (flutes, Celtic harp, keyboards, vocals), and Sarah Copus (Celtic harp, vocals). They are totally in sync and their productions bear out that synchronicity time after time on Hummingbird.
”Gathering the Clouds” is a good example of the great music this family can create, engineer, and then produce. The orchestrations and wordless vocals on the track are gorgeous. It swept me away into their cloud of sounds and I just floated away with them. What more could a hardworking, anxiety-ridden, stressed individual ask for at the end of the day? Yes, I can fit that profile some days. I tend to be highly self-motivated, focused, and push too hard at times. This takes a tremendous amount of energy and I need a space to call my own to step outside that realm. Even knowing this, at times I have a hard time leaving my conscious mind behind for a reprieve.
I do need to climb the “Sacred Mountain” for relief. But don’t we all? This track featured some nice ambient keyboard layers and flute. The underlying orchestrations are always the key to this music. They give the tracks a meaningful foundation to build on and you cannot help but feel some elation and the profoundness of this music. This is new-age music at its very best. All the right combinations come into play to set your mind and spirit at ease amidst all of the elevating sounds and textures that create all the colors and visions in your mind’s eye.
Everything about Hummingbird speaks to the sacredness of life and nature and our interdependence and connection. Each track takes you to a different place and it’s all about the beauty and pureness of nature and all its bounty. The music expresses that fully in a very distinct way. On “Through the Rainbow” you can hear the gentle fluttering of the hummingbird’s wings through the sounds of the instruments and the lovely inviting acoustic guitar lines.
These are some examples of the many facets and talents of the Copus family and how many sounds three people can put together. At times it sounds like a choir accompanied by an orchestra. The clean and crisp recordings having some fine production values and this team utilizes all of their talents to great advantage to make Hummingbird one of the best new age releases of 2021. I would count on it receiving a lot of praise and some awards for its efforts and contributions to humanity. This is musical meditation for a new age and universal healing for the world. Welcome to Galactic Playground Music.
Listening to 2002’s new album, they prove once again that they too are one-of-a-kind. No other artist or band could have made this release.
BT Fasmer ~ Newage Music Guide
It is said that the hummingbirds teach us to laugh and enjoy creation, to appreciate the magic of being alive and the truth of beauty. Listening to 2002’s album “Hummingbird” (the pre-order/pre-save starts today), I’m happy to report that the same can be said about this inspired release! One would think that no piece of art could ever be as beautiful as the hummingbird. But then the first family of New Age music – Pamela and Randy Copus and their daughter Sarah – release an album that captures its brilliance on so many levels that it leaves the listener speechless.
Check this space later today for the pre-order/pre-save link! Sample the first single “Gathering the Clouds” below.
2002 debuted in 1992 with the album “Wings”. Since then, they have had 13 albums on the Billboard Charts, encompassing various genres and styles. “River of Stars” (2000) spent 74 weeks on the Billboard New Age chart. Their most recent albums are “Celtic Fairy Lullaby” (2016) and “A World Away” (2018). In April last year, they released “Celtic Fairy Dream“. In my review, I wrote: “2002 has always been one of the best New Age music bands, but today it is more apparent than ever that Randy and Pamela Copus’ daughter Sarah lifts the band to incredible new heights. Take my word for it: Even Enya would be amazed by “Celtic Fairy Dream”. It has musical magic dust sprinkled all over.”
The “Hummingbird” album opener is called “Rainbow Cove”. 2002 is in no hurry to get the melody moving, making the listener relax, breathe and prepare. Then we hear a violin, a flute, and a rhythmic guitar. The different melodic segments are introduced in a playful, almost Tubular Bell-ish way. There is an interesting mid-section too, where the piece stops then starts again. The ending with a flute-and-violin duette is mesmerizing. I must also point out Sarah Copus’ vocalization, which is on par with Enya. “Rainbow Cove” is, in short, a terrific opener!
The little hummingbird is everywhere on the album, but especially on “Wind Dancer”. The piece is slightly slower than the title might indicate, carried by a gentle and warm wind. The cello, flute, and piano take the melody to incredible heights; it is the kind of music 2002 do best. It is thought-provoking and with a hint of melancholy. It is a jewel.
“Jasmine Rain” continues where “Wind Dancer” left off. I like how the first two and a half minutes lay the foundation for the guitar lead. Still, the harp is center stage and makes this into something truly divine. No one on the New Age music scene does it better, and that includes Enya too.
First Day of Spring
Talking about Enya, “First Day of Spring” offers vocalization, pluck synths, strings and harp. Notice how light and uncomplicated the intro is and how more complex and darker elements are added as the piece develops – as if illustrating nature’s underlying struggles. You cannot fully appreciate spring and life if you don’t take winter and death into consideration. Its conclusion is epic!
The reflective mood continues on “Gathering the Clouds”. The violin makes me think of Fionnuala Sherry. 2002 shows that they equal not only Enya but also Secret Garden too. The listener can sense how the clouds are coming in and transform the landscape. It is a masterfully crafted tableau, one that you take with you when the album is done playing.
Up next is perhaps the finest piece on the album, “Sacred Mountain”. Thanks to the guitar it takes off from the beginning, and the violin and flute lift it even higher. The mountain comes to life before our inner eye, filled with magic, spirits, and mystique. Thanks to the wonderful ending, it feels as if we have reached the very top.
This album is not only dedicated to hummingbirds – but rainbows too! “Sunlight in Rain” is a genuine firework of colors, covering the whole spectrum. So when the meditative “Courting the Moon” comes on, it feels good to relax the senses, if only for a few minutes. Then the album is back on track with “Walela”, the Cherokee word for hummingbird. The larger-than-life “Through the Rainbow” takes our mind for one last, high-flying ride – making it easy to envision being free as a bird, if only for five minutes.
In conclusion: 2002’s “Hummingbird” is one of those rare releases where everything is just right. Not unlike the bird, its songs come from deep within. And the best part; it doesn’t require you to listen carefully. You tune in without noticing it. Unpretentious, light, and gentle, these ten exquisite pieces seem to communicate a hope that we humans will find our way back to Mother Nature. I believe the hummingbird is a symbol of that.
I don’t know how 2002 found the strength to record such a positive album during the Covid19 lockdown, but once again they time their release perfectly and give us that energy boost when we need it the most – just like last year’s deeply comforting “Celtic Fairy Dream”. In a discography as strong as this it is always hard to say if “Hummingbird” will end up as an “essential 2002 album” years down the line, but I know with 100 % certainty that it will end up on top of many best of 2021 lists – and be a fan favorite for many. Everything about it is just bursting with colors, movement, and grace.
I will end this review by pointing out that hummingbirds do a thing no other bird can do; it can fly backward! Listening to 2002’s new album, they prove once again that they too are one-of-a-kind. No other artist or band could have made this release. Invite the “Hummingbird” into your playlist. You will not regret it, guaranteed.