Artist: David Parsons
Album: Surya

Released: 25 February 2008
Label: Celestial Harmonies

Surya David Parsons
Through his music, David Parsons has provided listeners with visits to many a far-flung place. Influences from his world travels turn up in all of his works. On Surya (64'48"), Parsons leads us on the most fascinating journey - into dreams and the mind. A kind of Eastern Ambient Noir, this album presents five intensely felt atmospheric meditations. Parsons' electronic temple virtually resonates with cerebral energy. Crystal bowls, digital chants and an ever-present deep and knowing drone endow this CD with a ceremonial feel. Slow drum blasts and sustaining metallic pads add to the mystery as minimal soundscapes unfold in floating blackness. Hopefully this work will not be mistaken for yet another lazy drone album. Parsons' methods are masterful and his philosophy mystical - and Surya is the perfect integration of the two. A great deal of attention is paid to the subtle sound design and the slowing pace. Once the eyes close this experience becomes less about music and more about places within. Surya may begin in Asia, but it ends in the deepest recesses of the mind. Parsons' inner landscape is darker than any found on Earth.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   5 June 2008

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