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CD REVIEW: Brian Parnham - The Broken Silence
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: Brian Parnham
Website: http://www.floatingpointrecords.com/
Genre: Ambient/New Age
CD Review:
Ah, here's a cd destined to stay in my personal collection. The timing is right. It's now the 1st week of October, and with the leaves dying and the air cooling and movies getting scary, Brian's ambient hour gives me a personal soundtrack upon which to base my low-light, spooky night existence. You only need 3 tracks from Parnham, and that's just what you get. Right now 'Solace in Solitude' is filling my space. Nearly a half hour of space-age Nevada fodder which will have you looking for signs of life in the clouding skies. Those might not be crickets, but they'll remind you of the bug while the electronics sparsely populate the surrounding desert land. True, you'll have to already be bent to new age or minimalism, but if you're not and keep an open mouth and mind, feast upon each prick of music, every growing gland of musical landscape which comes and goes and stays and looks around and walks in the solitude you hear. It's quite wonderfully mixed, and remains technically brilliant wash after wash. Like an old movie that you consider a classic, watching again and again, always spotting something new. Okay, this might be the foreign film equivalent, but Brian's soft subtitles are beautifully rendered.


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