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Chromatic Lightning Cage (DiN84)

by Dave Bessell

After Hours 05:43
Ariel 05:00
Unheimlich 08:36
Nightshade 08:55
Moths 09:33
Elegy 06:30


This new release from synthesist Dave Bessell sees him completing a quartet of albums loosely based on the Greek philosophy of the Four Elements, namely Fire, Water, Earth and Air. There’s certainly no doubting that “Chromatic Lightning Cage” with its vivid cover is referencing Fire but this personal odyssey started with the concept of Water on his inaugural solo album, “Analogue” released in 2010. This was followed by “Black Horses Of The Sun” (DiN47) - Air, and “Reality Engine” (DiN62) - Earth.

Bessell has also released two collaborations with Parallel Worlds on the DiN imprint as well as being part of the synth supergroup Node. It is interesting that whilst the Berlin School inspired sequencer riffs of the latter dominate the soundstage Bessell largely eschews this approach on his own albums. Rather on this and his other DiN solo releases he explores interesting harmonic progressions with a series of interlocking delicate arpeggios. This is most evident on the opening track “After Hours” as well as the beautiful closing piece “Elegy”. Elsewhere Bessell blurs the line between guitar and synth using his stringed instruments as controllers for his modular systems. His music has always had an element of the soundtrack to it and this is certainly highlighted in the track “Ariel” which has a mystical, unearthly quality to its soundscapes. Bessell has noted that the ghosts of Amon Tobin and Nils Frahm wander through this album at times which is certainly an intriguing thought.

Always one to push the boundaries Bessell has included a QR code in the Bandcamp download version of the album that opens up an augmented reality vista from the cover image. Lovers of Electronica, Downtempo, Ambient and Soundtracks will find much to admire in “Chromatic Lightning Cage” and this new album once again showcases the unique talent of this highly individual musician.


released March 15, 2024

All tracks composed and played by Dave Bessell.

Augmented Reality layer for the CD cover image created by Tanya Krzywinska.

Mastered by Colin Bennun at Stooodio Mastering.

Macbeth M5n
Vermona Perfourmer
Alesis Andromeda
Moog Sub 37
Various Eurorack
Korg Monologue & Volca Bass
Behringer TR9 & Boss DR55 drum machines

Gibson Les Paul
B and G Little Sister
Aum guitar
Laney and Fender amps plus various pedals
Jam Origin midi guitar 2, pitch to midi conversion

Hardware FX by Eventide, Roland, Lexicon & Strymon


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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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