Darshan Ambient — Lingering Day
(Spotted Peccary SPM-2409, 2017, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2017-12-13
After a few years as a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for artists like Nona Hendryx & Zero Cool, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and others, Michael Allison shifted gears in the mid 90s and took on the moniker of Darshan Ambient for the TV, film, and documentary soundtrack work that he was involved in, which eventually blossomed into a full time endeavor. To date he has produced about twenty releases, Lingering Day (subtitled Anatomy of a Daydream) is his tenth for Lotuspike / Spotted Peccary. The fourteen tracks here are, for the most part, short textural ambient soundscapes in the three-to-four minute range, carrying strong and memorable melodies, repeating in variations as necessary but succinct enough to fade away before the listener tires of them. Being a true multi-instrumentalist, Allison builds his pieces with guitars, bass, piano, many rich layers of electronic keyboards and a some drums and percussion as needed, doing all his own recording and production, One excellent piece, “Arc of Angels,” even features vocals with lyrics. Pieces range from calm and introspective to upbeat and rhythmic, all shuffled up in a way that keeps the program interesting and varied from the first track to the last. Nothing herein is overly complex or difficult to digest, just a powerful continuum of wonderful melodies, supporting structures and textural work that warm the soul and calm the nerves.
Related artist(s): Darshan Ambient (Michael Allison)
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