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BESSELL, DAVE - BLACK HORSES OF THE SUN (NODE MEMBER SOLO/DIGIPAK)

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Ltd to just 500 copies worldwide, this is the 2015 album by the artist familiar to EM fans as one of the founding members of analogue supergroup NODE!

In recent years Dave Bessell has released a number of other fascinating solo recordings (including ‘Morphogenic’ with PARALLEL WORLDS, and the tracks on ‘Black Horses Of The Sun’ build on the distinctive detailed atmospheric style of these previous releases, but add a more melodic focus that gives the proceedings an extra layer of interest this time around.
As with previous releases, nothing is quite what it seems in the sonic worlds created here, melodies frequently take an unusual twist and the tracks can sometimes take off at an unexpected tangent.
The tools are predominantly analogue hardware with a sprinkling of contributions from custom written software alongside treated guitar.
The atmospheres range from mysterious to darkly foreboding with occasional more relaxed flashes of ambient sunlight. Overall there is often a widescreen cinematic sense of scale, which would not be out of place in a film soundtrack. An eclectic variety of stylistic influences flicker through this music, from Classical to Industrial, “Berlin School” Ambient to Jazz, to the Eno, Fripp & Bowie collaborations of the Berlin years, through to echoes of psytrance, all of which make their appearance from time to time.

On ‘Black Horses Of The Sun’, Dave Bessell is joined on a track each by Ian Boddy (well known mainstay of the UK analogue synth scene), Lyonel Bauchet (French TV and Film composer and all round Buchla wizard) and Liam Boyle (incredibly versatile soundtrack composer and Beatles fanatic). Each adds their own distinctive contribution to the proceedings.
Overall this is a varied and intriguing release that never falls into the predictable patterns of analogue electronica, combining masterful evocative sound design with intricate arrangements, and will repay repeated listenings in full!

‘Black Horses Of The Sun’ is released on 17th February 2015.


DAVE BESSELL: BLACK HORSES OF THE SUN Track List:

01. From Here To There (5:52)
02. Theme One (7:00)
03. Lament (5:46)
04. Paradise Lost (9:10)
05. Wasteland (6:02)
06. Skyrim (7:14)
07. Sleepwalker (9:13)
08. Mirror’s Edge (6:00)
09. Fall From Grace (6:11)

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