David Arkenstone - Beneath a Darkening Sky (2016)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Tracks: 7 | 58:30min | 138 Mb
Style: New Age, Ambient | Label: QDV Recordings
David Arkenstone has reached a new creative landmark in his music with Beneath A Darkening Sky, a densely layered and richly textured visual work of haunting mystery, subtle dread, and ghostly gothic undertones. Opening up his musical toolbox to a degree seldom seen in his many past recordings, Arkenstone creates cinematic soundscapes that combine the eerie elements of dark ambient with more overt melodicism featuring a wide palette of instruments and influences. All of these elements are woven into something truly special, even by this landmark artist's standards. By turns powerful and dramatic (e.g. accented by Gregorian-like chorals, tribal percussion, and orchestral swells) or formless, shifting currents of minor-key swaths of melody, Arkenstone sprinkles his assorted influences like a master painter applying color after color in crafting a masterpiece of startling images: Nordic, Celtic, gothic classical, ambient, new age, and cinema soundtrack are just some of what Arkenstone taps into, while merging them all into what is uniquely David Arkenstone. Production values, as they are on all this artist's recordings, are sky high. Headphones in a dark room will make this music come alive in vibrant and exciting fashion.