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Dan Pound — Spherical
(Pound Sounds PS14, 2013, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-05-29

Spherical Cover artDan Pound is an electronic musician who has released 15 albums over the past several years. Each album has a different theme. I usually do not think of music as having a shape, but in the case of this CD, there is movement in the ebb and flow of Dan’s synths that makes you visualize an amorphous sphere or the Brownian movement of air molecules and smoke to define a shape much like the cover art. There are lots of interesting ideas percolating throughout the disc to keep your attention. All of the music is similar, but in a sense different. It is as if the disc is one long piece with many movements. On track 4 “Through the Center” Dan adds a Spanish sounding guitar that nicely augments the electronic drones. Every once in a while I detect some Tangerine Dream references like the rhythms on “Of the Essence.” And the final track, “Like Tears in the Rain,” could have been an alternative for Vangelis’ music during the climax of Bladerunner. I find Dan’s music to be refreshing and not derivative of 80s/90s New Age.

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