Daniel O'Sullivan - Electric Maya: Dream Flotsam And Astral Hinterlands


First in a series of three records of library music miniatures from composer and multi-instrumentalist Daniel
O’Sullivan (Æthenor, Ulver, This is Not This Heat, etc). For heads, the term “library music” in 2020 might evoke
dodgy Italian gray market LPs and crate diggers hunting for “funky breaks”—but London’s venerable KPM Music
is working with groundbreakers like O’Sullivan to open up new avenues for composers to experiment. Electric Māyā
includes eighteen gems, beautifully arranged and recorded specifically for the challenge of the short form. These are
fully realized tunes, not just clips from the middle of some jam to be used on late night TV. The obvious touchstones here
are Eno’s On Land and Music For Films, but O’Sullivcan’s touch on multiple instruments and knack for melody extend
the music far beyond mere atmospherics. There are plenty of drifty segments, each rendered fully realized—a timely
reminder that a well-made drone or bit of ambience can set its spell in two or three minutes rather than thirty. In a
beautiful jacket designed by O’Sullivan and Turner Prizenominee Mark Titchner.

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