Jaunt is the latest release from David Rupley. I can say this album is up there with his best work. If you aren’t familiar with Rupley he makes instrumental music that veers towards the electronic side. There are a lot of synth, percussive elements and just a lot going on in general.
He starts with a six-plus-minute song entitled “Spin.” The song’s focal point is a lead synth. What changes throughout the song is everything else that is surrounding it. The lead synth pierces through strands of white noise, what sounds like distant piano and an ever changing array of pads. As the song progresses you start to get hypnotized by the sounds.
Up next is “Moon” which is very atmospheric and ethereal. Angelic pads swell as a distinct beat keeps the music from floating away. Like the opener the more the element repeats the more you go into a type of trance.
Rupley introduces more distortion and grit on “Cloud 9.” I don’t hear lead guitar too often from Rupley so I had to embrace it. He mostly solos across the soundscape which cuts through the soft pads. I was surprised to hear vocals on the next track “Rain.” His singing is soft and lies low in the mix. It’s awfully catchy and is reminiscent of the production you would hear in shoegaze.
He goes back into purely instrumental music with “One.” His guitar playing is inventive on this track. The song is light, airy and serene. There are no huge crescendos or peaks just a mellow vibe. The most interesting part was towards the end where the song becomes dissonant. He closes with “Two” which I thought was the highlight. The song has an unusual beat and in fact the whole song is unusual. It may cause your brain to malfunction.
Jaunt has a diverse range of material that feels cohesive. Each song has a distinct vibe but connected by the thread of the bigger picture.
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