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Dan Pound — Shadows of the Heart
(Pound Sounds PS18, 2016, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-06-07

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In mid March Dan Pound’s latest album Shadows of the Heart arrived in my mail box. Based on his previous work I was looking forward to this new album with seven electronic compositions. Rather than seven separate and distinct compositions, Shadows of the Heart is more akin to one long piece with seven movements. This is very introspective music that grows and swells out of a bed of synth chord washes and drones. Most of the music is amorphous ambient soundscapes that repeat but do not evolve. There is a hint of Bladerunner and Vangelis towards the end of the title track and a serene “flute” on "Moon Cast.” Each track segues seamlessly into the next, so if you are not paying attention, you would not know where you are on the disc. And to my ears, Dan used the same sound patches throughout, so there is minimal variation in tonal quality. Shadows of the Heart is dreamy, floating music that is perfect for stargazing or soothing music to help you fall asleep. However, for me, Shadows of the Heart just did not resonate this time around. I much prefer his earlier work.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Dan Pound

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