Exposé Online banner

David Parsons — Earthlight
(Celestial Harmonies 13231-2, 2008, CD)

David Parsons — Jyoti
(Celestial Harmonies 13296-2, 2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01

Earthlight Cover artJyoti Cover art

Parsons is a New Zealand based composer with fifteen or so releases to his credit going all the way back to the early 80s; his work tends to draw its inspiration from his extensive travels throughout east, southeast, and western Asia, and his early titles like Tibetan Plateau, Himalaya, Yatra, Dorje Ling, and Ngaio Gamelan (all of which are certifiable classics) bear this influence out. Earlier releases utilized a mix of acoustic instrumentation, samples from field recordings, and synthesizers, though his two latest, Earthlight and Jyoti, are strictly synthesizer based. Even those sounds that seem to be samples are painstakingly created on synthesizer to give exactly the intended effect. Most of the material here falls squarely into the ‘world flavored floating ambient’ category, and unlike many of those early releases previously cited which were more focused on a single inspirational source, these latest releases tend to be more open ended and expansive, drawing on all that has gone before while opening up many new channels as well. Slow waves of shimmering color create fluid panoramas that flow and release, filled with wonder, depth, emotion, and inward perspective; Parsons masterfully manages these elements throughout his compositions and arrangements, while wisely steering clear of any overtly sequenced gimmickry. So what is the difference between these two? Earthlight is the brighter one, the more colorful, sparkly, and open, while Jyoti takes things a step or two deeper into the introspective shadows where trance meets mystery. All taken, these two releases are excellent and absolutely essential.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2008 releases, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): David Parsons

More info
http://archive.org/details/Earthlight

Latest news

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kollektiv - Kollektiv – Kollektiv, an obscure Krautrock band, released their self-titled album in 1973. Three months later they recorded an hour-long session for SWF radio in Baden-Baden. Long Hair released this session in...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues