"Good Sign" is the sixth release from electronic musician/composer Davol, but it's a first for me - something I plan to rectify very soon! Davol combines electronic and acoustic instrumental sounds as well as pop and new age stylings, creating a unique and distinctive musical voice. Listening to "Good Sign" is as pleasantly intoxicating as lounging in warm sunshine with a wispy breeze blowing through your hair. That doesn't mean the music doesn't have any muscle or complexity - the rhythms are prominent, but the pace is leisurely, creating a feel-good mood and atmosphere. Davol's music is the perfect antidote to the bad news we are being bombarded with every day. Life is, indeed, good, and Davol's music is a wonderful reminder. The production quality is also a cut above with sounds that are clean, full, and precise yet warm and inviting. My one-word summation of Good Sign is "Wow!" with both thumbs up and a big smile on my face!
"Good Sign" begins with "Scarborough Days," a smooth and easy-going piece that catches your attention and then invites you to ease into a happy daydream. The title track envelops you in warm sounds and suggests the feeling of floating on a cloud, just drifting along and enjoying every moment. "Going There" picks up the pace a little bit, layering guitar sounds with a catchy rhythm, keyboard melody, and atmospheric sounds. "Nautikos" is a favorite. Organ, electric piano, guitars, and ambient electronic sounds suggest the motion, mystery, and majesty of the ocean as light dances lightly on the waves. "Truth 2010" is a remix from an online video project and EP, and is available for the first time on CD here. It is the most energetic and danceable track on the CD, conveying an adventurous, freewheeling spirit and a strong sense of fun. I really love this one! "Goodnight" begins as a duet for guitar and piano, introducing the beautiful melody and setting a gentle mood. Layers of other instruments are added, but the piece remains a sweet and soothing lullaby. Simply lovely!
If you are new to Davol's music, as I was, be sure to check it out! I'm sure longtime fans will also be more than pleased with this excellent CD. Highly recommended!
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I was completely blown away by this album! In trying to convey a sense of joy and optimism, you've hit the nail on the head. The CD really shows how you've grown through the years to arrive at this point musically. I love the remix of Truth, there are so many elements of your past music in there and brought into the present perfectly. To me, this CD is the epitome of NewAge music. --Kevin Waterman, The Cosmic Island