David Rupley is a prolific artist who put out enough music recently that I don’t know how he finds the time. His release Open Door to the Desert isn't his latest release but it is one of his best. If you are familiar with Rupley's work he likes to dabble into a lot of different genres. Open Door to the Desert may be his most emotionally resonant release. The songs are emotive, often melancholy and occasionally beautiful.
Up first is “Every Star” which has an array of instrumentation. Rupley mixes it in such a way that it feels more like one instrument and as if it is not exactly in sync with each other. The song is atmospheric and almost cosmic sounding. I was trying to make out the lyrics. He sings, “But it’s like you're wasted / stuck in a zoo / but all that you need is some real actual feel.”
“Time To Run” is one of the best songs Rupley has ever written. The song is stripped back and he gives one of his best vocal performances to date. As far as instrumentation goes it's not much more than an electric piano and some atmosphere. “Go to Bed” revolves around the piano. Maybe there is a slight Billy Joel vibe to this song. Either way I was impressed by his piano playing.
"Nothing To Read" was a highlight and I felt his pain on this song since I was literally laying in bed thinking I had nothing to read. But back to the song; there was a forward moving momentum as if you are having an adventure in the desert type of thing.
"Picture On the Wall" is an instrumental song. There really isn't much of a lead instrument. There is a lead guitar but I wouldn't call what he was doing solos. "Grain of Sand" has a contemplative, reflective energy while the closer "Mirage" is by far the most experimental track on the album. I was a little surprised he decided to end it that way.
Open Door to the Desert is another solid addition to Rupley’s ever expanding collection. I encourage you to go to his website and check out the range of style he offers. He has quite a bit to chose from.
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