David Helpling – A Sea Without Memory (Ambient Guitar Works Vol. 1)

David Helpling - A Sea Without Memory (Ambient Guitar Works Vol. 1)
3.5

Release data:

David Helpling – A Sea Without Memory (Ambient Guitar Works Vol. 1)
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Spotted Peccary Music, 2017


What I got here is a typical album of US textural guitar soundscape music using only electric guitar along a range of custom programmed effects processors to achieve an overall drifting outcome. The latter was constructed from a series of short single-take ambient guitar improvisations (Sunday Loops, started late 2016) that have been transformed into a long form listening experience with a narrative perspective by David’s friend and long time collaborator Jon Jenkins.

Well, the 67-minute “A Sea Without Memory” paints a cinematic world of tranquil, floating, cold and solitary places along introspective atmospheres all breathing expansiveness through an array of pastel colors. Simultaneously, the most relaxed ambiences found on the four lengthy pieces and one short track also address the effortless, weightless sense as found in space music.

It also makes me concur with the label description this is not a journey but rather an unfolding of events that approach, surround, then move beyond the listener, delivering a constant flow of dreamlike moments that slowly dissolve into the next wave of sound. Grab a wave, drift off and immerse!

Website: www.davidhelpling.com

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