Robert Davies "Whispering Grove" CDr
In Ithaca, New York, based sound and visual architect Robert Davies is one of my fave artists on dataObscura roster. After his previous strong "Pond" release, reviewed several months ago, Robert returns with another polished piece of work.
The album unfolds with gorgeously floating washes on title track, "Whispering Grove". Minimal in its structure, almost silent, but absolutely tranquil and absorbing composition, with exactly suitable track title. This mood almost unrecognizable crosses to the next piece, "Gnarled Oak", a haunting deep drone with occasional howling sonic elevations, what a beauty! Mournful drones on "Hidden Bower" are slightly brightened with organic sounds while "Below Bridges Of Stone" is again colored with some howling sounds with added bird calls. Gloomy and mysterious "Foliage Effulgent" features except some otherworldly sounds also tinkling bells and few environmental recordings emerge too, one of the darkest compositions on "Whispering Grove". "Damp Thicket Drapery" returns to its more static and nostalgic mood, but "Intoxicating Alchemy" with wildlife organics is another deep and fascinating pastoral soundscape. Dreamy and mesmerizing "Meadow Of Scented Spice" graciously closes this immersive earthy ride.
Robert's dreamscapes are quite minimalistic, but containing wonderful atmospheres inside, "Whispering Grove" is going to submerge you in the dark, but lush, tranquil and intoxicating green beauty of the nature. This album has my highest recommendation!!!
Richard Gürtler (Jun 13, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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