Lose yourself in the fantastical soundscape created by Moss Jasper’s aka Daniel Nelsen debut EP A Voyager Blue. Four songs will ground you to the earth and bring about a peaceful serenity. If I were to choose any album as a soundtrack for a nature documentary, I would choose A Voyager Blue. Despite its lulling melodies and soft guitar, it’s the perfect sound for any wild thing looking to connect with the natural world and their own humanity.
Creator Daniel Nelsen intends to “admire how immense our surrounding world is, but the songs do not neglect our stories as human beings which many times seem more massive than the world we live in.” This EP is almost a love story for our very existence. The sweeping but soft melodies are reflective of the inner conditions of the mind and soul, allowing the listener to fall into the sounds of a dream.
Nelsen’s influences are clear; he does not leave the genre of indie-folk but instead morphs it into something new. “Bitter Flower” uses heavy repetition to create a rhapsodic and dream-like effect. “Condylura” is aptly named after the star nosed mole: darkly representative of a metaphoric life underground. The vocals of Corina Gonzales are breezy but delightful, like a breath of fresh air.
This album would be served best with a glass of sweet tea, and an evening on the river. A Voyager Blue contains bits and pieces of Nelsen’s spirit, all translated through a guitar and soft reverb. However, it’s clear Nelsen draws on earthly forces to create his songs. This is the true uniting factor of an otherwise scattered record -- A Voyager Blue drips with the very essence of life as we know it. Its edges are decked with chlorophyll and pollen, and its heart swells with the tides. Even the album art looks biological, a beautiful psychedelic composition of blues and purples.
There is a significant difference between a debut EP that is rushed forward, and a debut EP that is artfully crafted. It is clear that Moss Jasper has presented us with the latter. This is the work of an artist who refused to settle for generic or under-developed. A Voyager Blue is a work of art, inspired by the natural world and appreciated by the human world.
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