DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, Private Release, 2013
For his album "Desert Dawn", Spanish synthesist Javi Cánovas decided to switch to a world music approach, something Gregory Kyryluk once did with his Open Canvas-project. The outcome on "Desert Dawn" contains many influences of ethnic music of different countries round Magreb (Northern Africa), the Middle East and even some classic Spanish music.
The six contemporary instrumental pieces are assembled of electronics, assorted percussion along acoustic elements, making up lively sonic sceneries with dreamy atmospheres.
I for one much like the positive vibe evoked by the fourth piece "Nouadibhou" (and its energizing tabla- percussion running through the biggest part of the 12-minute composition) next to the tranquil, fairy-tale like spheres settling down on the first half of the final track "Thar".
The only flaws I can think of are the traditional drums used on most pieces on "Desert Dawn" (as they sound a bit too bright too my taste) along a few solos ending up a bit too freaky.