Album Review: ‘The Intimate Landscape’ from KPM
With a 25-year tenure in music performing in indie-folk and psychedelic rock bands, Ben Chasny is known for constructing rich emotional soundscapes with simple and profound musical statements.
On “Ben Chasny: The Intimate Landscape,” the virtuosic guitarist and celebrated composer taps Appalachian folk traditions to build a resonant, spiritual, and reflective collection of songs ideal for accompanying scenes of drama and contemplation.
“The Many Faces of Stone,” the album’s opener, is a track rich in emotion. Chasny’s deft layers of acoustic fingerpicking blend with unrushed, emotive strings. With a feel that sounds loosely inspired by Stevie Nicks’ “Landslide,” “You Are a Rabbit” is a delicate lullaby built with ornate acoustic guitars and folky strings.
“Where Have all the Summers Gone” ventures into a rich emotional territory that borders on resignation and reverence. And closer “On the Way to the Coast,” meandering acoustic string lines prop up ethereal synth lines in a song seemingly written to accompany cinematic scenes of contemplation.
When you consider Chasny’s background releasing music under the Drag City record label, it’s not surprising this album is imbued with a warmth and earnestness that’s difficult for many composers to convey.
Audition the Album
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- The Many Faces of Stone
- Last Night to Use the Telescope
- Waterfall Path*
- Cross-Winged Formation
- You Are a Rabbit
- Lighting the Bridge
- Water Dragon*
- The Captain and the Corgi
- Star Cascade*
- Where Have All the Summers Gone?
- Circular Road
- Six Diamonds
- Dust in the Ravine
- Fading Blue*
- Second Moon
- On the Way to the Coast*
* Featured in audio compilation above.
To listen to the full album, visit APM Music’s website.