For the past several years, Darrell Burgan has focused his musical efforts under the Palancar name on live ambient improvisations. As a result, his recent album releases have been almost nothing but recordings of those live performances. In early 2009, however, Darrell was inspired by Chuck van Zyl of Star's End Radio (www.starsend.org
) to attempt a sequel to his 2003 commercial release "Elysium Planitia". This new Earth Mantra release, an album composed and produced entirely in the studio, is that sequel.
Where "Elysium Planitia" was thematically a virtual tour of the planet Mars, "Serenitatis" is instead a journey to Earth's moon, and to all the beautiful places that can be found there. The music covers several styles of ambient and electronic music, ranging from pulsing Berlin-inspired electronica, to beatless tone poems, to ambient new age.
About "Serenitatis", Chuck van Zyl wrote:
"Merging imagination with a palpable expressive force the work of Palancar (a.k.a. Darrell Burgan) radiates optimism, and an immediate emotional response. From moving mood pieces to catchy New Age fare his album Serenitatis (77'25") is bristling with ideas. A trip out of the human realm, the 11 tracks cause us to feel anew the wonder of the Earth's moon and inspire contemplation about our place in the Universe. While the synth-dreams of 2006's Elysium Planitia feel fully formed, on Serenitatis Palancar surpasses even his previous achievements. Paralleling notable works by Erik Wollo and Giles Reaves, Serenitatis elegantly explores the lunar surface as well as it does the full range of moods, textures and atmosphere known in contemporary synth music. A rapturous choir entwines with airy melodies that flitter above swelling tones, recede then float away. As a hollow drone peaks over an audio clip of voices from the moon, and buzzing sequencer patterning runs between warm bass lines and enchanting electronic chimes, these twinkling arrangements seem surrounded in a numinous aura. Burgan's music is intricately constructed and obsessively detailed, yet mysteriously his instruments seem to pulse with a living energy on their own. His eloquent reflections posses a simple dignity, heard in polished poetic leads and whispering murmurous tones."
The full review is available here:
Darrell is very proud of the music in this album, and hopes listeners find the music both enjoyable and uplifting.