CD REVIEW: David Gergen - The nearer it was, the farther it became
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"amazing snapshot of music"
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Genre: Acoustic, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: The Doors, Pink Floyd, Chris Isaak
David Gergen is a Los Angeles based Indie rock, solo artist/multi-instrumentalist. His fourth release: “The Nearer it was, the Farther it Became” was released in the Spring of 2010. Gergen sings, plays guitar, bass, keys, does all the programming.
Logging in at just over 34 minutes, the CD kicks things off with “Seven Miles to Sunset” a slow flowing intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, against infectious vocal vibe, & hypnotic melody line. Track 2 “Well Wisher” shifts gears a bit with electronic drum beat against ambient guitar rhythms, & sonic vocal layering. This coupled with mesmerizing lyrical content makes for a very interesting musical statement. Track 3 “The Streets I’m Waling” serves up a blues rock ditty with impressive slide guitar accents, eventually lending itself into an impressive ballad. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Pink Floyd, The Doors, & Jeff Buckley. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere, full of passion, variety, & strong melodic structure. The songs themselves are addictive, & packed full of passionate lyrical content & subject matter that simply cannot be faked. The music itself is an impressive blend of alternative & acoustic rock, with just a dash of Americana Blues. Gergen makes no attempt at sugar coating the truth via his music, instead he tells the truth with bold honesty. His voice goes down smooth, & has a rebellious jagged edge to it, & at times reminds me of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd, Jim Morrison (The Doors), Sean Millings, & maybe even a splash of Chris Isaak. I might add he takes some impressive vocal risks throughout the CD as well. No doubt Gergen can hold his own vocally, as I did’nt fail to notice a few well placed falsettos sprinkled here & there. Enter Gergens’ guitar playing (rythem & solo work) - equally as impressive. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability & amazing originality. Song for song you can never really predict what’s waiting for you around the next corner. Also present a barrage of sonic touches, electronic percussive elements, & sinister moog & keyboard accents all bringing even more musical variety to the table. From easy going “It’s Down Here” to trippy “Thru a Fairy’s White Cloud” to bluesy “Love Blues” & “Blues for Sale”, this CD pretty much has everything. My personal favorite is “Ore De Electro” here we venture through a eries of musical trip mirrors lending itself to a kaleidoscope of musical trippiness that words can’t really describe, you have to hear it for yourself. Any way you look at it “The nearer it was, the farther it became” is sheer brilliance.
“The nearer it was, the farther it became” is an impressive musical production from start to finish. It has no notable weaknesses that I can see under my microscope. It’s strong suit – the amazing creative genius that is David Gergen. He possesses enough musical talent & songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The music is clean, goes down smooth, & is full of amazing musical soundscapes that come at you from every direction. The messages are passionate, honest, & melancholy – all from the artist’s perspective. The true meaning of some of these songs is buried deep within the lyrical content, & is not so easily pinned down the first listen. Song for song, not for note this CD possesses an amazing amount of sonic layering & a wide variety of musical instrumentation. Overall it’s an amazing shapshot of music. I really admire artists out there who are themselves & just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that can show us something real & genuine beneath their veil of vanity. David Gergen is one of those artists. Make no bones about it this is a dark record - so be advised you may not want to listen to this CD on the day you get fired, or the night your wife leaves you, But if your looking for dark, tripped out musical experience that offers up an alternative & acoustical Americana rock aftertaste then I highly recommend you jump head first into “The Nearer it was, the Farther it Became.”
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