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A Stray Ending (DiN77)

by Surface 10

Neverheart 05:59
DT5 United 05:14
Pre-realm 11:17
Mac Took Air 08:46
Azz 09:45
Non Fi 09:33


Surface 10 is the moniker of Californian electronic musician Dean De Benedictus. He has previously released albums on the DiN label with In Vitro Tide (DiN8) & Surface Tensions (DiN24). Finishing a hiatus of over a decade, which saw him pursuing several film projects, he returns to DiN with a stunningly original new album, “A Stray Ending” (DiN77).

The DiN label has always actively encouraged the blurring of genre boundaries and with this new opus Dean has certainly done that with influences as far flung as Electronica, Ambient, IDM, Berlin School, Glitch, Progressive Jazz Fusion, World and Cinematic music. Such a heady mixture is immediately apparent on the opener “Neverheart” with its achingly beautiful and haunting chordal themes overlaid with an intertwining tapestry of percussion and glitched out effects. The album rises and falls through layers of dazzling sound design and compositional complexity to reach its apex with the freak-out intensity of “Azz”. The following track “Dorothy Spearhead” is perhaps the most concise piece on show here, with its vocal melodic hook and danceable drum groove. This leads into the spectacular “Non Fi” which propels the listener on an epic tour de force of electronic invention before the album closes with the melancholic shimmering beauty of “Universal Winter (Rework)”.

This new album from Surface 10 is almost beyond categorisation and is full of so many inventive and detailed sonic and musical elements that it will give the listener something new to focus in on each and every listen. Another truly unique addition to the DiN catalogue.


released February 17, 2023

All tracks composed and produced by Dean De Benedictis between 2008 & 2022.

Mastered by Dean De Benedictis August 2022.

Dean De Benedictis - laptops and software, concert flute, Mayahachi flute, harmonica, piano, percussion & vocals
Phil Williams - electric guitar and FX on “Azz”
Claire Reymond - additional vocals

“Universal Winter (Rework)” is a self-remix of the track “Universal Winter” from Dean’s 2009 album - “A Cambient Variations”.

Thanks go out to the many nameless, faceless and/or unassociated artists, popular and unpopular, present and deceased, whose work was used to varying degrees in the making of “A Stray Ending”. The album’s completion was an adventure, we hope listening will be one also.

Special thanks to:
Claire Reymond for her massive support.
Frank Prinzen and Deborah Martin for additional inspiration on “Neverheart” and “DT5 United”.
Ian Boddy for your support, your patience, your faith & your belief in me.


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The DiN ambient label was set up by Ian Boddy in 1999 to release ambient electronica that bridged the gap between the analogue sound of the early 70's synth pioneers and the digital soundscapes of the more experimental modern exponents of electronic music. ... more

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