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Crommie, Daniel: Winter Roses

Is there an artist who puts out more albums than ambient/electronic musician Daniel Crommie? I’ve lost count how many albums I have reviewed and I haven’t even made a dent in his discography. Then there’s his other projects; Saturnalia Trio, DC Sound Collective and Echo System. Prolific to say the least.

On his new platter titled Winter Roses Crommie explores a more nuanced and ambient approach, an area he has certainly explored on previous releases. The artist melds organic instrumentation like flute and various forms of percussion with electronic effects, analogue and digital synths and samples. For those who appreciate ambient music Winter Roses will be very much enjoyed. Although I am not the biggest fan of the style I always find Crommie’s music to contain interesting sounds and textures as his combination of electronic manipulations and more earthy tones is certainly intriguing. Crommie also brings world music influences, the exotic sounding “Two Nomads Wandering (duologue)” being one such piece. There is also an otherworldly feel on some tracks. Take for instance the trippy textural patterns on “Narcissus’ Shattered Mirror” and the somewhat discordant “Machinescape” as prime examples.

Winter Roses displays a nuanced approach which I think fans of Crommie’s music will enjoy. If ambient music is in your wheelhouse you could do a lot worse.

Track Listing:
1. King Nine (3:59)
2. Seven Cycles (6:16)
3. An Oceanic Moment (4:49)
4. Geminids (7:02)
5. Cultus 1 (2:49)
6. A Year Later (3:43)
7. Two Nomads Wandering (duologue) (6:05)
8. Winter Roses (3:58)
9. Cultus 2 (1:11)
10. Narcissus’ Shattered Mirror (4:32)
11. Windward (1:54)
12. Quinn River (1:57)
13. Machinescape (5:05)
14. Starlit (8:58)

Added: October 14th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Related Link: Artist's On Bandcamp
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Language: english

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