While David Gerard's debut CD, 'Compositions' was a compendium of sorts, 'Ambientism' is his first full-length concept album. The CD is anchored by two ethereal instrumentals, featuring actual lunar transmissions provided courtesy of NASA. Gerard has expanded his sonic palette here, including more use of ambient guitar and combining analogue with digital keyboards. The usual influences are here: shades of Eno, Budd, Froese, and Nelson. But Gerard has also expanded his musical idioms as well - some pieces are playful excursions into electronica, others are contemplative, almost meditative melodies that utilize counterpoint and layered voicings in a manner that reveals Gerard's genius as a composer. A burgeoning maturity and heartfelt reverence for experimentation make 'Ambientism' a sequel that more than delivers on the promise of it's predecessor. - Geoff Blanchard New York City June 2005.
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