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D LOOP - Mystery's River (cd)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Aether (CD)

 
JOS D'ALMEIDA - Awaken (CD)

 
DANIEL & BOOTH - Mutiny (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL DANIEL - Henglers Circus (CD)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - A Gradual Awakening (cd-r)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA & TIM CLéMENT - The Best of Danna & Clément (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Sirens (cd)

 
MYCHAEL DANNA - Skys (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - A Day within Days (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Autumn's Apple (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Dream in Blue (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Falling Light (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - From Pale Hands to Weary Skies (cd)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Little Things (cd/digital download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Skyful of Bliss (CD-r)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - Songs from the Deep Field (CD/Digital Download)

 
DARSHAN AMBIENT - The Zen Master’s Diary (cd-r)

 
KELLY DAVID - Angkor (cd)

 
KELLY DAVID - Broken Voyage (cd)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Even Darker Still (cd-r)

 
PETER DAVIDSON - Green Moss Trail (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KEN DAVIES - Floating Galaxy (cd-r)

 
ROBERT DAVIES - Shadow Dreams (cd-r)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - R’Evolution (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEAD BEAT PROJECT - Samsara (CD/Digital Download)

 
GLENN DEARDORFF - Primordial Mariner (cd)

 
DEDAST - Banished From The Realm (Digital Download)

 
DEDAST - Soft Landing (Digital Download)

 
DEEP IMAGINATION - Gemstones (cd-r)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Highlands & Skylands (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - Momentum (cd)

 
DEEP SKY DIVERS - The New Fast Lane (cd)

 
DEEPERNET - Impossible Landscapes (CD/Digital Download)

 
DEEPERNET - One (cd/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - Another Empty Galaxy (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sea (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - The Barometric Sun (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DEEPSPACE - World Ocean Atlas (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RICHARD DEHOVE - Worlds of Number (cd)

 
DELERIUM - Epiphany (dvd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Aeterna (cd/digital download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat (cd)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Novus Magnificat, 30th anniversary edition (CD/Digial Download)

 
CONSTANCE DEMBY - Set Free (cd)

 
DERELICT THOUGHTS - Autumn Moon (cd)

 
DEUTSCHE WERTARBEIT - Deutsche Wertarbeit (Lp/CD)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Cambrian (cd)

 
SERGE DEVADDER - Ganda (cd)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Atmosphere (Lp/CD)

 
ADELBERT VON DEYEN - Painted Black (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL DIAMOND - Atlantis Rising (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Ambient Life (cd)

 
DIATONIS - An Abstract View (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Highway 1 (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Invisible Order (cd-r)

 
DIATONIS - Landscape of a Dream (cd/Digital Download)

 
DIATONIS - Pond (cd-r/dvd-r)

 
DILATE - Cyclos (cd)

 
DILATE - Octagon (CD/Digital Download)

 
DISTANT SYSTEM - Spiral Empire (CD/Digital Download)

 
DJEN AJAKAN SHEAN - Crows Heading For Point Blank (cd-single)

 
DANIEL DOROBANTU - Knock on the Sky and listen to the Sound (cd)

 
GEOFFREY DOWNES - The Light Program (Lp/cd)

 
DREAM JUNGLE - Lucid (cd)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
DREAMFIRE - Atlantean Symphony (CD)

 
DREAMSTATE - A Decade Dreaming (cd-r)

 
MARK DWANE - 2012 (cd)

 
MARK DWANE - The Monuments of Mars (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Full Boundary Condition (CD)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - Generation-Transmission-Illumination (cd)

 
DWELLER AT THE THRESHOLD - No Boundary Condition (cd)

 
JOHN DYSON - Darklight (cd)


DARSHAN AMBIENT
Falling Light
CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, LotusPike, 2012
I remember the early music by multi-instrumentalist Michael Allison, aka Darshan Ambient, as pastoral and quiet textural synth music. Since a few years though, his musical approach has started to transform quite a bit. "Falling Light" features a further shift to extensive use of bass and lap steel/slide guitar, multi-layered percussion, where synths play an accompanying role.

This 60-minute disc is an instrumental release that’s picking up the thread where the previous album "Dream in Blue" (on which I already had some mixed feelings) left its listeners.
The title-track found at the start is a nice and sparkling one, along introspective-angled pieces such as "Out to Sea", the piano-based "To Look At In Winter" or the melancholic realm painted on "The Immense Window" and "Forgotten Sky". The fine-crafted music of Mark Isham also comes to mind occasionally.

But once again I can’t really adjust to some jazzy rhythms and ditto undercurrents found elsewhere on the album (despite the dreamy, heartfelt feel that’s still firmly embedded in Mr. Allison’s contemporary music). Overall, "Falling Light" suits me much better than its predecessor.

Website: www.darshanambient.org

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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