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Fear of the unknown may be the greatest fear of all –  but listening to Joseph L Young’s album "Into the Unknown" makes those first few steps into uncharted territory seem a lot less daunting. Thanks to Young’s masterful compositions, spotless arrangements and usual saxophone and flute brilliance, the land beyond the horizon is, to quote one of the titles, within reach. It is a genuine treasure chest for any New Age music fan. It is only July, but I can already say that Into the Unknown will be on many Best of 2022-lists. ... I’m once again amazed by Joseph Young’s vibrant and dynamic storytelling, which makes this musical odyssey not only deeply compelling – but also highly inspirational. It is music, but its “literary” qualities are right there on the surface. Like a well-written novel, perhaps in the fantasy or sci-fi genres, it takes hold of the listener from the very beginning.” - BT Fasmer

New Age Music Guide

Honestly, artists like Joseph L Young are rare and "Into the Unknown" underscores his mastery of crisscrossing and merging genres with not just skill but artistry. This is a revelatory release and deserves to be deep-dived by any listener who enjoys adventurous yet accessible instrumental music.” - Bill Binkelman

— Wind and Wire

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Joseph L Young has enjoyed a proliferous career as a musician unafraid to go beyond boundaries of genre, style, or sound. "Into the Unknown" is a treasure chest of musical jewels you’ll delight in listening time and time again. The unknown calls us to live consciously. Joseph composes music that speaks to the human soul, and which infuses the silence with the sounds of life. ” - Lissette Cascante


With his sixth full-length album, composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph L Young takes us on a genre-defying multi-cultural musical journey Into "the Unknown". It's been four years since his award-winning "Every Moment", but it was definitely worth the wait! In addition to flutes, sax and keyboards, Joseph plays duduk, Vietnamese mouth harp and udu. Each piece on the album contains an element of mystery, myth, legend and/or fantasy, so there is a lot of variety in the music and instrumentation. Sometimes dark and mysterious and sometimes more buoyant and soaring, this is definitely one of the best albums of 2022! "Into the Unknown" is a journey worth taking many times, as each time will reveal something new! Don't miss this one!!!” - Kathy Parsons

Mainly Piano

[T]he combination of interesting instrumentation and stellar production gives the album an exciting, exotic and yet, relaxing feel. ... You will undoubtedly want to get the whole album. It’s a truly excellent journey.” - Dyan Garris

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