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Review: Lucette Bourdin and Darrell Burgan – Prasantih [earman150]

“Prasantih” is the second of collaborative efforts between practiced ambient musicians Lucette Bourdin and Darrell Burgan (also known as “Palancar”, among other aural entities). According to the release notes, the two artists exchanged fragments of song, and gradually combined these fragments to make complete pieces. And to what effect!

The effect of the music is far from fragmented– it is cohesive, dense, dark, and sweet. Exotic tonal changes are layered with beautiful instrumental sounds, evoking places far away. Not to gush, but I find that some of these pieces, the best of them, are nearly hallucinatory.

The best moments involve a sense of motion, often brought to the ears by use of shifting layers and instrumental touches. I am occasionally less moved by simple static synth tones, but these moments are few and far between, and generally I am pulled along nicely. And the upside of some of the more minimalistic touches is that the songs have a tasteful quality that is not overbearing and works quite well.

Sure, you could break out the plastic and purchase the latest from Steve Roach (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Just don’t forget, please, that you have an alternative– listening freely to this excellent release: Prasantih at Archive.org

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  1. 10/11/19 at 02:10

    Thanks for the very kind feedback! Lucette and I are glad that you enjoyed the music. We had a lot of fun making this album.

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