Mychael Danna

Without resorting to bombast or sugary sentiment, Danna works his lush, highly melodic and orchestrated cinematic style on Sirens to remarkable effect...drenched in synthesisers, piano and graced with some silky smooth electric guitar, Sirens is sensual, haunting and frequently compelling.

artist:
Mychael Danna

country of origin:
Canada

style(s):
Ambient orchestral, spacemusic, neoclassical

decades active:
80's - 00's

essential releases:

  • Sirens (1989, Hearts Of Space)

Reviewed by Mike G

Canadian Mychael Danna composes music for theatre, feature films, dance productions and planetariums. His striking first album for U.S. label Hearts Of Space remains one of the greatest-ever examples of “cinematic spacemusic”, synthesising the drama of film music with spacious electronics. Although prolific over the years, Danna arguably hasn't come close to matching Sirens (1989) before or since, and the album is one of the essentials in the esteemed Hearts Of Space Records catalogue.

Without resorting to bombast or sugary sentiment, Danna works his lush, highly melodic and cinematic orchestrated style on Sirens to remarkable effect. The album's themes reflect his fascination with the female psyche and its portrayal in legends and stories throughout history. Hence titles like “Dedrie Of The Sorrows”, “Visions Of Bernadette” and the title track. Drenched in synthesisers, piano and graced with some silky smooth electric guitar, Sirens is sensual, haunting and frequently compelling.

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