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My favorite tracks are "This Day Forward", "The Frozen Channel", and "The Knowing", each for different reasons, but all because they impart a sense of depth and breadth in more than just what I'm hearing. You know you're listening to something special when you find yourself "visualizing" against the soundtrack that's playing. That's what these tracks do for me, and I can't fully explain it.
Several other artists came to mind while listening to this fascinating disc, and if you like any of the following, I'd recommend you order this disc right away: Edward Shearmur, Patrick O'Hearn, Jeff Pearce, Cliff Martinez, Amethystium (Oystein Ramfjord), The Album Leaf, Steve Roach, Thom Brennan (certain sound elements), Ulrich Schnauss (certain stylistic elements). I'm sure you'll find many other references as well as you listen and imagine your own journeys.
What David and Jon have unleashed upon the world has elements of both of their excellent solo works, but formed together in an extremely fresh and intriguing new way. If what I've heard so far is any indication, this music could easily inspire me to get back into music making myself. I sincerely hope that this collaboration is the first of many yet to come, and that David and Jon are properly recognized for this magnificent and cinematic contribution to the ambient electronic music scene.
David's mastery of technique is second to none - comparison with others does nothing to convey the texture or balance of his creations, and the success of his DHM Design music company is testimony to his abilities. Look for his name in film credits (Trade-offs, Night Feeders and look out for Cold Storage when it appears - this is the best film work he has done).
David's compositions are crafted with great care and subtlety. They never flag, and through their subtle gradations of colour, texture and depth create a complex and strangely haunting landscape that slowly evolves to take the spirit to new plains. He achieves balance between so many elements - mood, texture, speed - that one feels in the presence of a great talent. The moods vary greatly, always intriguing and suggesting far more than meets the ear. Careful listening identifies many minor elements, like the tiny particles of colour in an impressionist painting. No one element predominates, but the overall effect conveys a very distinct identity.
His recent successes with film have confirmed the versatility of his talent: David is equally at ease composing for an Indian ear as he is for psychological thrillers and mysteries.Read more ›
On Treasure, Helpling and Jenkins create music that moves gracefully between the worlds of space music and more rhythmic "chillout" style grooves. The CD kicks off with Grand Collision, which alternates quiet sections that focus on synth string pads and evolving textures with more propulsive sections. The track also features interesting textural guitar work, which reminded me a bit of Steve Tibbetts' work.
This contrasting of an ambient/space feel with more rhythmic sections continues throughout the CD. On The Knowing, Helpling & Jenkins create a track that begins very quietly, and for the first half of the track they explore subtle textural variations over a repeating harmonic progressions. About halfway through, they move into a more overtly rhythmic section, adding layers of guitars and building the track to a peak.
Some of the tracks avoid strong percussive elements and stay in the space music/drone space. Beyond Words, for example, has long ambient drones underpinning much of the track. Synth strings and deep bass notes create a tranquil feel, but not without a hint of mystery.
Not A Soul, Not A Sound explores similar textures, with textural guitar emerging occasionally from a background of synth string washes and echoing guitar notes. A bass voice is introduced about seven minutes into the track, and it brings with it a deeper sense of progression or motion for the remainder of the track.
Overall, Treasure is another fine Spotted Peccary release.Read more ›
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Had to wait awhile before this one was delivered but the album was definitely worth that delay. One of my new favorites.Published 2 months ago by Al
I use meditative music in my studio, and thought this one by David Helpling would have the same effect as several I've used by Eric Wollo. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Dogmom
I can't wait to get the rest of there albums... It fits right in with my creative visualization..Very Awesome!!! Keep them coming guys..Published on February 22, 2014 by Scotty
Yes it is, quite simply one of my favorite album's of music ever.
Have been listening to this Cd, since it was released. Read more
This is the BEST that Jenkins and Helping have put together. This is music that oozes meditation, and if listened very well an appreciation for how they have transformed to a HIGH... Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Alain J. Deflandre
I first heard this music on Pandora. It caught me attention and I went to look for more. I highly recommend this CD for any one who seek tranquility and relaxation.Published on January 19, 2013 by Khan
I use this album for massages (I take out one track that is a little too upbeat). The music is soothing, but has a lot of interesting nuances that keeps it from being dull or... Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by Samie May
Relaxing, especially when one is going through a stressful time. Not your typical lame new age stuff. It has musclePublished on December 23, 2012 by casey bemis