Just as Close Your Eyes and See by Oystein Sevag caused a sensation with its intricate cross-rhythms and ecstatic textures of sound, David Brunn's debut release is poised and ready to capture audiences. Like Oystein's release, Themes for Dreams is likely to be satisfying for those who like variety and spice in their music. The first cut, "Palisades," and with its plaintive trumpet-like sound, rock-bottom rhythms and playful melody riff, would be a big radio hit if there were any justice, but it's unlike the rest of the album. Many of the tracks seem to be about places, like the Hispanic-flavored "Taos," a song "with altitude," or "Orcas Moon," which lays over a haunting pan-pipe sound that could easily come from the soundtrack to The Mission. "Crater Lake" is properly majestic and deep, and David's first venture into deep space. There are also tongue-in-cheek titles like "Time Laps (Secrets of Time)," which caroms through space in ways that are close-knit but explosive with staccato rhythms, or "Rain City (Wrong Channel),"; each piece is a vignette of self-containment, intimately connected to the whole. For fans of Ray Lynch or those who want to try something exciting and new, these Themes for Dreams will be just the thing.
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