Much like its title implies, Rownd's Spotted Peccary debut paints ever-shifting layered tonal colors on a dark canvas of minimalist/impressionist expression. Ambient? Most certainly. Night-music? Absolutely; but in fact this is music that can deliver at a number of levels. The closer one goes, the more one will hear....a perfect soundtrack to the night. While created mostly with synthesizers, a very understated use of hand drums and percussion on several of the tracks adds additional depth and detail. A strong sense of multi-dimensionalism follows within the musical space where looping waves of tonal color exist in a different plane than the more subdued image details and other asynchronous events, yet through a masterful production no plane obscures any other - every piece of the puzzle can be heard at once if the listener chooses to get that close. Highly recommended on all levels.
From the Label
Drawing on his experience as an abstract painter and his influences from impressionist and expressionist masters, Rownd works his compositions much like art on canvas: he pulls melody and theme forward from background to create depth of field and movement from what might appear still and flat. This sonic palette, so deftly wielded, produces profound vignettes of color and light that transcend many musical boundaries.
Painting Twilight is a textural, almost ambient work. More minimalistic in structure and subtle in melodic themes, it evokes a sense of awe and wonderment that suggests the magical hues that fill the night sky just after sunset. Elements of drums and percussion break up the deeper spaces with polyrhythmic tracks that have become a trademark of Mark Rownd's unique style.
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1. The First Day
2. Before There Was Rain
3. Earthbody Spiritbody
4. Portrait of Parting
5. From Somewhere Else
6. At the Edge of Calm Waters - I
7. Through the Valley of Shadow
8. Eyes of Azure
9. At the Edge of Calm Waters - Ii
10. A Moment Alone
11. Place of Grace
12. Storm's Passage
13. Painting Twilight