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Mosaic
By David Wahler
Label: Darius Productions
Released 2/1/2018
Mosaic tracks
1. Mosaic
2. Afterain
3. A Promise to Keep
4. Child of the Universe
5. August Cloud
6. Elysian Dawn
7. Heading Home
8. Sakura
9. Lone Sky Night
10. Fou d' Amour
11. Why?
When you put it all together, it sounds like this.
Mosaic, David Wahler's latest offering is a soothing ambient adventure. David's keyboard is to music what a typewriter is to words. He creates these lush scenarios with every composition. This particular album has a dreamlike consistency throughout. Mosaic contains eleven tracks of daydream creating atmospheres. There are a lot of definitions for mosaic, but the one that I think applies has to do with something resembling a picture or decoration in a composition, especially in being made up of diverse elements. Wahler's keyboards, inorganic voices, Synth washes and quavers are the elements that make up the melodies which allow the heart and mind to reach past the physical.

The first cut is the title tune, Mosaic. With the sounds of a gentle lute, ethereal voice, and an unforgettable fanciful melody, it is the song that ties the themes together. The music sparkles and shines and as in almost every track, has a floating quality to it. You can imagine your universe coming together.

I can see the sun glistening on residual raindrops outside the window on the English olive bush. It is the perfect setting for David's song, Afterain. The flute is pensive, delicate, and delightful on this downtempo piece with just a murmur of voice in the background.

My favorite on the album turned out to be a tune called Child of the Universe. The music is expansive, radiant, and joyful. If anything the refrain was colorful in the sense that muted colors morphed into each other, one more brilliant than the next.

August Cloud has a weightlessness to it. It is that floating feeling again as if you don't have a care in the world. The drifting reverie suggests warm, sunny days where the clouds don't care where they go as long as they are part of your imagination.

With a touch of oriental nuance, the song Sakura come into play. Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom. Imagine a vast sea of pink under a blue sky. How soothing that is to the spirit. It makes me yearn for spring during this harsh winter day.

Fou D'Amour or Fool for Love is one of the more complex compositions on Mosaic. It is an undulating ballad of muted percussion, glimmering flourishes, and a horn driven lead that is catchy and upbeat. This is way beyond candy and flowers. This is breathe every breath, gage every minute, and think every thought about the one you love. It's complicated.

The final cut called Why? is a mysterious piece with moderate voice and a flowing melody. It has an anachronistic texture to it. Think sixties movie music. The xylophone sounding number not only has that shimmering quality to it, but also the sound is peaceful.

David Wahler musically demonstrates that "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Using bold celestial colors, diaphanous textures, and atmospheric soundscapes, his music invokes a mystical world where dreams are more than mere possibilities. If you want something relaxing and pensive, you can't go wrong with Mosaic. Highly recommended.
Rating: Very Good +   Very Good +
- reviewed by RJ Lannan on 6/20/2018
 
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