Lingering Day

Darshan Ambient

Lingering Day


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FINALIST - ZMR Music Award - Best Chill/Groove Album

About Lingering Day


1   Snowflake

2   Silver

3   Arc of Angels

4   White Calm

5   Mover

6   Erroneous

7   The Seven Sleepers

8   The Lost Hunter

9   Bee's Fade

10   Hand In The Clouds

11   Kissing Crust

12   Umbra

13   The Seven Sleepers Part 2

14   Lingering Day

15   Reply To Red (Bonus Track) *

16   Enigma (Bonus Track) *

17   * Bonus tracks not included on CD version

As the tenth Darshan Ambient release on the Spotted Peccary label, Lingering Day is the perfect album to mark such a milestone. The album features all the hallmarks that listeners have come to expect from a great Darshan Ambient release; effortless chilled grooves, glowing ambient textures, signature guitar melodies, delicate piano lines, processed electric guitar work, and nuanced synth-string passages are all present and accounted for throughout the fourteen tracks of Lingering Day.

Michael Allison is the lone creative force behind Darshan Ambient, single-handedly composing, performing and recording all of the music himself, and for Lingering Day his skills are in top form. Allison has created what could quite possibly be the ultimate album for Darshan Ambient fans, infusing the tracks with all of the trademark characteristics and nuances that listeners have enjoyed so much from his music over the past fifteen years. The textural ambient soundscapes that dominate tracks like “The Seven Sleepers” “Bee’s Fade” “Hand In The Clouds” and “Umbra” are truly sublime and gorgeous. The upbeat rhythms and skilled guitar work found on “Mover” “Kissing Crust” and “The Seven Sleepers Part 2” are executed with artistry and grace. The easy comfort of “Silver” and “White Calm” wrap the listener in a warm blanket of familiarity, while the jazz-flavored “Erroneous” and “The Lost Hunter” are ideal anthems for a lazy day.

With its serene atmospheres and cinematic orchestrations Lingering Day portrays a true sense of wonder and space, and from the delicate rhythm of “Snowflake” that opens the album with a restrained urgency, to the ambient textural title track that closes the album by slowly stretching time to savor those final moments, Lingering Day may very well be the most perfect Darshan Ambient album to date.


After a few years as a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist for artists like Nona Hendryx & Zero Cool, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, and others, Michael Allison shifted gears in the mid 90s and took on the moniker of Darshan Ambient for the TV, film, and documentary soundtrack work that he was involved in, which eventually blossomed into a full time endeavor. To date he has produced about twenty releases, Lingering Day (subtitled Anatomy of a Daydream) is his tenth for Lotuspike / Spotted Peccary. The fourteen tracks here are, for the most part, short textural ambient soundscapes in the three-to-four minute range, carrying strong and memorable melodies, repeating in variations as necessary but succinct enough to fade away before the listener tires of them. Being a true multi-instrumentalist, Allison builds his pieces with guitars, bass, piano, many rich layers of electronic keyboards and a some drums and percussion as needed, doing all his own recording and production, One excellent piece, “Arc of Angels,” even features vocals with lyrics. Pieces range from calm and introspective to upbeat and rhythmic, all shuffled up in a way that keeps the program interesting and varied from the first track to the last. Nothing herein is overly complex or difficult to digest, just a powerful continuum of wonderful melodies, supporting structures and textural work that warm the soul and calm the nerves. - Peter Thelen, Exposé
Michael Allison's tenth Darshan Ambient release on the Spotted Peccary label presents a compelling argument for the ongoing vitality of the decades-long project. Though it's possible there's an album concept in play, it's not clear to me what it is, to be honest; instead, Lingering Day more registers as a stylistically diverse collection of stand-alone productions, though that shouldn't be construed as a criticism. If the fourteen-track release (sixteen in the non-CD version) does nothing more than present many different Darshan Ambient sides, it impresses no less for doing so. On production grounds alone, the recording impresses: Allison composed, performed, recorded, and produced the music himself, and his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist is evident without being overly self-indulgent. The quality of the songwriting is top-notch, too, as are the arrangements, all of which reflect a refined sensibility and a painterly command of tone colour. The typical piece sees guitar and/or piano utilized as the lead melodic voice, synthetic textures deployed for atmospheric sweetening, and bass and drums included in about half the tracks for extra punch. With its pristine melodies undergirded by an insistent rhythm track, “Snowflake” serves notice from the album's first moment that Lingering Day won't be an album-length set of wallpaper music; as punchy as the clicking beat is, however, the piano-centered production soothes the ear with hushed vocal textures and silken atmosphere. Five tracks in, the aptly titled “Mover” likewise animates its radiant synthetic swirl with a beat pattern that gallops at a rapid clip. If some pieces assert themselves boldly, others do so using gentler means. Allison repeatedly demonstrates his talent for creating pretty, haunting reveries designed to induce a swoon (“Silver,” “White Calm”), and he's as adept as his Spotted Peccary colleagues at crafting beautifully rendered ambient soundscapes, the shimmering, guitar-laced “The Seven Sleepers” as strong an example of the form as any. The recording also isn't without a surprise or two, the most obvious being “Arc of Angels,” a breezy, lyrics-based song with vocals by Allison that suggest a slightly less raspy Peter Gabriel (not a bad thing); even when working within the conventions of pop song form, Allison brings an artfulness to his material, in this case in an arrangement distinguished by counterpoint between the lead vocal and background harmonies. Something of a jazzy post-rock and even trip-hop vibe seeps into a few tracks as well, “The Lost Hunter” and “The Seven Sleepers Part 2” cases in point (the latter revealing a particular dexterity on Allison's part as a drummer), while “Bee's Fade” finds Allison venturing into the kind of tribal-ambient territory we associate with someone like Steve Roach. There's something seemingly for everyone, in other words, on this generously packed, fourteen-track release. - Ron Schepper, Textura
Ah … The music of Darshan Ambient! Every time I receive a new album of the San Francisco musician, I wonder: how come that I do not listen to so often of his music? Soft and poetic, wild and intractable the music of Michael Allison floats as a feather caressing the other side of our soul while taking good care to mark our ears of his unique tone with one or two, sometimes even 4 or 5, titles which amaze us. Titles which are like some good chicken broth for the soul. “Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream” is the 10th album of Darshan Ambient on the Spotted Peccary label. And well, one would say a Best of… so much this album is filled of catchy titles. The pallet of styles is rather impressive with, always and still, beautiful ballads as seraphic as morphic, contemplative moments filled with great soundscapes and a mixture of rock with a flavor of Electronica. On even finds here a sung title which will please undoubtedly the fans of Genesis, period Peter Gabriel although sometimes one would swear that it's Phil Collins. It's in the spirit of Christmas that begins this beautiful adventure in 14 sound chapters. In a decoration of sound enchantment, "Snowflake" enjoys giving us to smile with tinkled sparkles. The white noises which drum deftly in the background and which hang onto the wavering of the sonic hoops, that we have to imagine, add a depth up to here unknown in Darshan Ambient repertoire. A nice e-ballad moistened by psybient effects. In the end, it's a good mid-tempo with a guitar, unique of its tone, throwing harmonies which wither in this adornment but which remain engraved between our ears. "Silver" is my first crush! A keyboard steals my thoughts with a delicate ritornello which spins in some great orchestral arrangements. A little crescendo settles down with the slowness of the cello which amplifies a very melancholic vibe that carillons decorate with small crystalline twinkling. The rhythm which comes is slow but strongly soaked with emotions. Layers of angelic voices add another stratum of emotionalism, tickling even the hairs of my arms which think of raising up. But this interstellar ballad becomes silent. A short moment! But just enough to drag me out again of my reverie and to give more tonus to this allegorical carousel for solitary souls. "Arc of Angels" is also in mode electronic ballad. A ballad a little more rock as in A Trick of the Tail, but sung by Peter Gabriel or... Phil Collins. If at the beginning that makes a little bit strange, we go for it so much the introduction is of silk. "White Calm" reveals a very nice Erik Wollo kind of soundscapes with guitar strings which support a spectral melody in a universe of ice. And the wheel goes turning! We go back to an energetic rhythm with "Mover" and its percussions which hop up and down like the wild dance of ten feet in a can of beer. The serenity of the layers of voices and of violins makes contrast with a structure which flirts a little with a static Electronica, contrary to "Kissing Crust" which even flirts with Dance Music. "Erroneous" is part of the beautiful e-ballads with weeping violins. A touch of Jazz infiltrates the moods, but not as much as in "The Lost Hunter", a superb title of Jazz with scents of Blues and a magic guitar on a slow and languishing rhythm. Splendid! More in sibylline mode, "The Seven Sleepers" is also an ode to serenity. "Umbra", the very somber and disturbing "Hand in the Clouds" and "Lingering Day" are also moments of plenitude with a very fascinating Mephistophelian decoration in the finale of "Lingering Day". "Bee's Fade" proposes a very lively beat with a tribal dance of the Middle East. "The Seven Sleepers Part 2" is my 2nd strong crush in “Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream”. The rhythm is slow and wins in intensity because brilliantly clubbed by agile and nervous percussions. Always dreamer, the guitar throws harmonies which float such as wandering solos. As you can see, I was enchanted by this these range of styles which peppers the soft ambiences of “Lingering Day: Anatomy of a Daydream”. Darshan Ambient is second to none to ennoble his New Age style in every corner of a musical universe where a pallet of styles interconnects with a strange euphoric symbiosis. The melodies are beautiful, the guitar cuts throughout our emotions and the music sticks to us with a guilty pleasure in our area of listening, as well as alone with our earphones. A solid album of beautiful music that me and my Lise have devoured from A to Z. - Sylvain Lupari, Synth & Sequences

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