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Black Horses Of The Sun (DiN47)

by Dave Bessell

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Tom Coppens
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Tom Coppens Another excellent album on DIN, if you liked DB's analogue and the collaboration with Parallel Worlds, this one will very likely appeal. Lots of cool synth melodies, not unlike John Carpenter at times, but with a soundworld all of its own. Favorite track: Theme One.
Binnie Gray
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Binnie Gray Good mood changing toons Favorite track: Theme One.
Robert Wallace
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Robert Wallace Lots of atmosphere on this album from Bessell. Love the haunting sound of Lament and then the lovely slow burn of Paradise Lost. Sounds to cover all your moods and you'll feel better for having listened. Favorite track: Paradise Lost.
markus mala
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markus mala Great artists gathering. Dave Bessell along with Ian boddy and others. Analog dark situation going mad to excitements, but always something happening, even from darkness to light, surprising soundscapes with progression shifting in subtelty. Very rewarding all in all Favorite track: Theme One.
Pergamon_PB (Aka Phill Barnett)
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Pergamon_PB (Aka Phill Barnett) Deep, dark then uplifting. Really well composed by the member of Node. Excellent blending of his guitars in with the keyboards/synths etc.
Also suggest you check out his collaboration with Parallel Worlds - Morphogenic. IMHO, this could be an award winning score for a blockbuster movie! Favorite track: Mirror's Edge.
Theme One 07:01
Lament 05:46
Wasteland 06:03
Skyrim 07:15
Sleepwalker 09:14


Black Horses of the Sun is the latest release from Dave Bessell. This artist will be familiar as one of the founding members of analogue supergroup Node but has also in recent years released a number of fascinating solo recordings (including Morphogenic with Parallel Worlds DiN41).

These new tracks build on the distinctive detailed atmospheric style of previous releases and add a more melodic focus that gives the proceedings an extra layer of interest this time around. As with previous releases nothing is quite what it seems in the sonic worlds created here, melodies frequently take an unusual twist and the tracks can sometimes take off at an unexpected tangent. The tools are predominantly analogue hardware with a sprinkling of contributions from custom written software alongside treated guitar. The atmospheres range from mysterious to darkly foreboding with occasional more relaxed flashes of ambient sunlight. Overall there is often a widescreen cinematic sense of scale which would not be out of place in a film soundtrack. An eclectic variety of stylistic influences flicker through this music, from classical to industrial, Berlin school ambient to jazz, to the Eno, Fripp & Bowie collaborations of the Berlin years through to echoes of psytrance. All make their appearance from time to time.

On this release Dave Bessell is joined on a track each by Ian Boddy (well known mainstay of the UK analogue synth scene), Lyonel Bauchet (French TV and Film composer and all round Buchla wizard) and Liam Boyle (incredibly versatile soundtrack composer and Beatles fanatic). Each add their own distinctive contribution to the proceedings. Overall a varied and intriguing release which never falls into the predictable patterns of analogue electronica, combining masterful evocative sound design with intricate arrangements, this will repay repeated listenings and is not to be missed.


released February 17, 2015

All tracks composed, played and produced by Dave Bessell except Theme One (db with Liam Boyle), Lament (db with Ian Boddy) and Paradise Lost (db with Lyonel Bauchet). Mixed and mastered by Dave Bessell.

Dave Bessell: Macbeth M5n, Moslab system 32, Club of the Knobs sequencer, Alesis Andromeda, Korg Volca Bass, self made software (physical modelling & improvising sequencer), Les Paul Fender, Twin Laney Lionheart, assorted pedals and outboard

Liam Boyle: Fender Strat, Prophet 08, Roland SH-05, Synthi A, Reaktor, scraped spring reverb

Ian Boddy: Serge modular, Analogue Systems French Connection keyboard, Moog Voyager

Lyonel Bauchet: Buchla 200e modular & assorted Buchla modules


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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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