Best Albums of 2019: Dan Armstrong ‘A Long Time Coming’

A Long Time Coming (Bandcamp)

Dan Armstrong is a mate of Si Matthews, the gifted UK artist whose solo albums of cosmic instrumental electronica have featured regularly Ambient Music Guide’s Best of Year lists. Dan’s debut solo album of panoramic ambitronic beats is a stunner, orbiting the same sun as his friend but tracking its own distinctive path. A Long Time Coming is a case of less being more, with his ideas and warm melodic lines not cast with thick layers of sound but sketched subtly, like spacious geometric shapes, sprinkled with little details that psychonauts like myself can’t get enough of. The grooves, when they appear, are elegant and crisp, always with purpose and never outstaying their welcome. Repeated listens reveal an album that’s slowly edging towards a climax, with the closing “Eta Wave” expanding the opening teaser “Alpha Wave” into a swelling, thunderous sweep across the cosmos. All in all, we’re talking Global Communication levels of excellence here. Do. Not. Miss.

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