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Jeff Pearce - Daylight Slowly

Artist: Jeff Pearce
Title: Daylight Slowly (2010 reissue)
Label: Hypnos CD

Jeff Pearce - Daylight Slowly

2010 reissue of Pearce's first Hypnos album, out of print since 2002. Many Jeff Pearce listeners missed this original release, and may have wanted to catch up on this wonderful collection of early Jeff Pearce guitar ambience. Pearce has moved on to a more direct and musical (as opposed to ethereal and absctract) direction in recent years, and uses a Chapman Stick now rather than an electric guitar, so if you miss the earlier work in this style, give this a listen. We even replaced the old-fashioned Real Audio samples with ultra-modern new MP3 sample clips!

Examples of praise for the first release:
"Best of the year list."
--Eric Meece, KKUP Radio
--Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia
--Scott Raymond (#1 ranking for the year), WVKR radio
--Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia

"Daylight Slowly, his latest solo album, is another deliciously slow, shimmeringly serene album of processed electric guitar. "
--John Dilberto, Echoes Radio

"The most "romantic" cd of Hypnos Label. Has a strange light and a sensation of time slow-down..."
--Massimo Pavan, Italy

Daylight Slowly tracks include:
01. Inner Light MP3 sample
02. Spirals MP3 sample
03. Cloud Water Rising MP3 sample
04. Labyrinth MP3 sample
05. Quiet and Clear MP3 sample
06. The Broken Places MP3 sample
07. Known Presence MP3 sample
08. Delta MP3 sample
09. Through Darkened Halls MP3 sample
10. 11/11 MP3 sample
11. Inner Storms MP3 sample
12. Daylight Slowly MP3 sample
13. Passage to Home MP3 sample

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Original cover:
Jeff Pearce - Daylight Slowly first release cover


"Top 20 'Best of 1999' List."
[actually a 1998 release]
--Eric Meece, KKUP Radio


"Best of 1999 list."
-- Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia


"Top 20 of 1999 (ranked #1)."
--Scott Raymond, WVKR radio


"Top 25 of 1998."
--Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio, WXPN, Philadelphia


"Daylight Slowly, his latest solo album, is another deliciously slow, shimmeringly serene album of processed electric guitar. "
--John Dilberto, Echoes Radio Host


"The most "romantic" cd of Hypnos Label. Has a strange light and a sensation of time slow-down...."
--Massimo Pavan, Italy


"Jeff Pearce is a solo guitarist, but that tag doesn't quite cover it. He runs his instrument through transformative delays, loops, and other signal processing to emerge with a deeply layered, highly textured, often hauntingly melodic sound. "Daylight Slowly" consists of compositions he's recorded from 1993 through '95, but they are of a piece with his more recent work on the "Vestiges" and "The Hidden Rift" albums. Pearce's music can be seductively slow and elegiac. His arpeggio pieces, such as "Spirals," "Quiet And Clear," and "11/11," seem to unfold like a dark-hued flower, shimmering in the tremulous daylight of the artist's echoes. But Pearce is also a trawler of the drone zone, casting a slow-motion net of glissando sustains and overtones. Most of the works are shortform, but the album concludes with the 20-minute "Passage To Home," an ambient epic for the hardcore."
--John Dilberto (host of Echoes radio), Billboard Magazine


"Old-skool capital-"A" Ambient that is moody, contemplative, calm, full of open space, and never less than rapturous. Composed entirely on treated-guitars and effects units, Pearce manages to conjure up a wide pallette of sonic colors (IMO much greater than Mr. Fripp's, these days), but beyond that, his strength lies in *what* he plays. Long shifting ambiguous drones that offer glacial shifts in harmony and density are followed by tight little melodic pieces, where you can actually hear strings being picked. I imagine these must sound kind of like the demos Liz Fraser gets before she starts singing on Cocteau Twins' trax. A great one for late-night listening and dreaming."
--****Space 1999, Makyo's Top 10 of the Year****


"Exclusively utilizing electric guitars, the work of Indiana's Jeff Pearce continues to produce uniquely subtle atmospheric music considering the source in question. Daylight Slowly is an intimate documentation of archive material spanning 1993 to 1995. While closer in form to its six string originas than compared to Pearce's more current output, the tracks are for the most part purged of their metallic inclinations. For example the title cut, "Delta," and "The Broken Places" exude an unmistakable guitar generated aura, yet the ethereal tinged sparseness immediately transmits a sensation of floating. "Spirals," "Quiet and Clear," and "Labyrinth" have more of a new age leaning, though nothing even remotely resembles the sort of commercialized tripe one is accosted by upon innocently entering a Natural Wonders retail store. The standout pieces inhabit a purely ambient state of existence, as revealed in "Cloud Water Rising," "Known Presence," and "Passage to Home." Here the gentle ebb and flow of such soft textures create a dreamlike space and achieve maximum resonance. Though the material on this disc represents an evolutionary phase prior to the sublime refinement on Vestiges, this does not detract from the listening experience of these non-pretentious mood pieces. Along with fellow guitar peer David Tollefson, Jeff Pearce deserves commendations for some refreshing innovations which help break away from the contrived sterility so prevalent in assembly-line atmospherics."
--Adam M. Bialek / Outburn Magazine


"My first Hypnos purchase was actually Vidna Obmana's Landscape in Obscurity, but my first experience with a separate Hypnos artist, Jeff Pearce, came in the form of Daylight Slowly. I just heard this for the third time yesterday and was compelled to write a short review on it. Daylight Slowly is a collection of mid-Ninties, guitar-oriented shortform electronic pieces. The vast majority of the tracks are under 5 minutes, making for the feel that this collection is more in the vein of a sketchbook rather than a group of polished works. the opener "Inner Light" is a beauteous droning starter and sets the emotional mood for what's to come. The second, "Spirals" represents another compositional idea by Pearce in the form of repetitive guitar melodic patternings. Very interesting stuff, and quite unique to my ears actually. The tracks range from shifting emotional drones to mandalas of guitar-picked sound, to vibrating hums of harmonic noise that will make you forget that this was ever produced from a guitar. The middle track "Known Prescence" is a particularly lulling piece that feels like the daylight itself, constant ebbing vibrations come and go but are omnipresent. The closing track "Passage to Home" shows us that Pearce is capable of extended! excursions into his own brand of ambient music, whereas some pieces such as "Inner Storms" display a devastating simplicity. This disc showed me that this time there was actually LESS than meets the eyes (so to speak). Deceptively simple and short patterns, through use of slight key changes and smooth embellishment seem to become assymetrical drifings...weird!"
--Auraphage, on the Ambient Music mailing list


"This may well turn out to be one of my favorite ambient albums of the year. Every song is created with guitars, loops and electronic synthesized treatments. Four of the 13 compositions are guitar-laden. The remaining dreamy nine offer some of the most harmonic yet abstract and amorphous melodies since last year's Ambient Expanse and Imaginarium from Mirage.

Harmonics are in constant shift as notes appear like stars on this basic background and fade after five or six seconds. Devoid of melody, beat, closure and other restrictions, these galactic tone streams encourage mind expansion and meditation. Two movements exceed 10 minutes on this mosaic of the air. For those of us who enjoy ambient, electronic, soothing space music, this production is essential listening."
--Ted Cox / New Age Retailer


"Had someone intimated to me that in 1999 I would find myself recommending an album of beatless solo guitar pieces, I might very well have packed them off with echoes of the word 'bonkers' ringing in their ears. Much the same as the surprise I experienced at finding myself wallowing happily like a hippo in mud to Craig Armstrong's _The Space Between Us_, an album of orchestral string arrangements and cool piano-driven pieces. Well, anyway... blow me down, if this was all done with guitars, I'm a proverbial Chinaman, because only about three or four tracks sound inhabited by an instrument that has been remotely plucked / strummed / dum-chinga-dummed. Most tracks are suffused with a haze of processing and echo/reverb which brings out under/overtones and occasionally spontaneously sustains bottom end darkness or chiming higher end resonances. Poignant, lyrical, haunting, melancholic... drift, lilt, arc, swirl... Do I require a thesaurus annexation...? Perhaps... be that as it may... some of you, I would suggest, would benefit from Pearce-ing ;-)"
--Alan R. Lockett, Ambient Music mailing list


"Jeff Pearce, one of the many current professional mainstays of the Hypnos camp, has been working within the ambient spectrum for some time now, having released several critical albums, The Hidden Rift and Vestiges prior to his latest sound sculpture originall recorded between 1993-95, Daylight Slowly. His recognition as an ambient artist also includes his forte of weaving ambient controlled guitar riffs and progressions among his innovative synthetic framework, producing a divine niche where the guitar normally would never expect to be found. These tracks were exclusively released via Hypnos and to this day were never heard before other than by Pearce himself.

On Daylight Slowly, Pearce examines the serene time and space where few artists have ever walked or described in their music: the atmospheric change prior to the sun rising. The music is as beautiful as the break of dawn, with the gentle ambience of "Inner Light" and "Spirals" opening the album's doors to the waking of the world. The style of music contained within is defined by tracks like "Quiet and Clear," "Delta" and the twenty-minute album finale "Passage to Home." Ideal environment for comprehending this album would be to listen to its epic nature literally at the dawn of each day."


"Jeff Pearce once again explores the realm or serene atmosphere and visual beauty on his latest release Daylight Slowly. The work was recorded between 1993-95, so one has the feeling that it links his early, more melody based efforts on Tenderness and Fatality, with drifting and minimal simplicity on 1998 masterpiece Vestiges."
-- Vladimir Jovanovic, Inner Space Radio, Zagreb, Croatia


"From space-music guitar supremo Pearce, a brand new album of mid-length tracks that is the really beautiful one of the bunch. Using the instrument to produce unbroken waves of drifting electronic rivers to shimmering chords that hang suspended and shine brightly on the night sky, this is a mix of the nearly-melodic with the slowly flowing as a whole variety of different musical vistas open up, causing you to just sit back, gazing at the landscape, spellbound by the warm and lovingly crafted scenes that slowly unfold."
--CD Services newsletter (Scotland)


"An interesting change of pace from most Hypnos CDs. Specializing in dark ambient textures, the label rarely ventures into velvety smooth textures such as those found on Daylight Slowly, a collection of previously unreleased Jeff Pearce tunes from 1993 through 1995. Ethereal titles like "Inner Light" show a reflective, almost melodic side of ambient. "Spirals" is surprisingly straightforward guitar, except that it sounds like it is rising up from a deep cavern somewhere. Perhaps a lush green cavern, with water flowing gently by. No, Hypnos hasn't gone new age, but this is much prettier than their usual fare. Short, delicately constructed pieces of thoughtful reverie. Only two of the thirteen tracks run over five minutes. Much ambient music is meant as background music. These rich compositions, however, deserve attention, to hear the subtle shifting elements. I am reminded of some of the more beautiful releases from the Cocteau Twins around the mid-1980s. "Quiet and Clear" epitomizes the style, a deceptively simple melody that repeats, with various loops and treatments swirling behind the guitars. "The Broken Places," on the other hand, is less melody, more echoes. Pearce does amazing things with his guitar. The playing is quite expressive, but in a much different way than acoustic guitar.

The longer pieces are more subtle, and will either take your mind far away, or possibly put you to sleep altogether. "Known Presence" is right in the middle of the CD, and doesn't change much, but is still wonderful. Then several shorter pieces follow, leading up to the 20-minute closer, "Passage to Home." This one does feel more like background music to me, as it changes little over its long, slow journey. Perfect for relaxation or meditation. The serene cover art fits the music very well. By the time you reach the end of Daylight Slowly, any sign of tension you may have had will likely be long gone."
--Phil Derby / Wind and Wire Magazine


"...wonderful... perhaps the most accessible of all his albums so far, though largely made up of older tracks. Nevertheless, the pieces share a timeless quality, and will probably sound good 10 years from now."
--A Produce


"Jeff's infinitely-processed guitar is back for his fourth album of guitar-scapes. The 20-minute closer, "Passage to Home", is one of the few pieces to ever make me cry. Beautifully moving, powerful, and highly recommended to fans of floating ambience."
--Cliff Tuel, Space Music mailing list


"Jeff Pearce seemed to get a kick when, in the 1998 AmbiEntrance Top 10, I called his transmogrified guitar sounds from Vestiges "deliciously drifting sound ooze"...

Well, expect more ooze with Daylight Slowly, though in these earlier pieces, the source material often is more readily discernible. That doesn't detract from a good listen to the amazing (yet smooth) manipulations that can be made to a relatively "normal" sound.

Slowly rolling clouds resonate with a strange Inner light to open this collection of re-released material. Definite guitar sounds form Spirals, and sustain from the ringing strings hangs in a lush haze. The layers which phase into Cloud Water Rising accumulate as dense, sometimes almost shrill, strata. This track (and the next) suffers slightly from a rather abrupt cut-off. A dreamy, jangly, somehow Oriental-ish shimmer overrides the deep twists and turns leading through Labyrinth.

Quiet and Clear opens to strings and horn-like flow interlaced with gentle picking, to a New-Agey effect. A smoother drift flows from The Broken Places as radiant sonic fluid seems to spill like a copious stream of molten gold. Sinuous and silky, intertwining strands of hyperextended tones luxuriate for the 10.5 minute drift of Known Presence. Extremely smooth sailing here. Blowing in from warmer climes, Delta retains just a hint of twang in its seamless sheets of sound. Lovely!

When traveling Through Darkened Halls, any spooky implications from the title are not so evident. A nocturnal, but safe, journey. Plucking through a hazy dreamstate, 11/11 is a slow convergence of both straightforward playing and floating echoes. Beautiful and intriguing, Inner Storms isn't necessarily stormy, though there is a latent power surging with potential danger underneath the otherwise tranquil sheets. Gentle criss-crossing metallic strands seem to span the dawning airwaves in Daylight Slowly (2:07), which fades away rather too soon. Passage to Home (20:22), on the other hand, takes its own sweet time. Your mental canvas is given free reign here. Could be crimson topped clouds over a scenic mountain panorama... could be a luxuriously whorling vortex in some glowing, alien ocean... at any rate, it's another welcome dose of amorphous guitar ooze.

For more than 72 minutes, sinuous soundwaves from Jeff Pearce's guitar will entwine themselves around your world. Daylight Slowly can be seen as a stepping stone toward what has become Pearce's defining sound. I bestow a hearty 7.7 rating upon this new collection of older material."
--David Opdyke / The AmbiEntrance


"Jeff Pearce, known for his unique approach to guitar playing, continues to evolve his sound on the latest CD (out now on Hypnos) 'Daylight Slowly.' The tones Pearce produce do not give up their origin as they are processed, delayed, distorted and looped to create intricate harmonies and timbres not usually associated with an ordinary electric guitar. But Pearce's triumph here does not lie merely in the technical but in the emotional aspect of his music. The tracks that make up Daylight Slowly are compelling and moody, displaying Pearce's talent for traversing the Space, Ambient, Experimental and New Age genres."
--Chuck VanZyl, Star's End Radio, on the Space Music mailing list


"Earlier in 1998, guitarist Jeff Pearce released his third album, Vestiges, piquing the interest of ambient fans worldwide with its smooth, atmospheric ambience. Now, the Hypnos label has released Daylight Slowly, a collection of earlier works highlighting Pearce's compositional evolution.

Daylight Slowly includes several more structured tracks similar to Pearce's earlier work. "Spirals" and "11/11" particularly recall the piano meditations of Tim Story in their delicate, austere minimalism. The simple loops of "Labyrinth" build a cathedral of notes, while "Quiet and Clear" is quaintly melodic.

But where Pearce really shines is with the more ambient pieces. Pearce's style here is lighter than most, but in a haunting sort of way, with flowing, liquid textures weaving their way through the consciousness of the listener. "Cloud Water Rising," "Known Presence" and "Inner Storms" are notable in this respect, but the best track is the 20-minute closing "Passage to Home," in which Pearce's guitar envelops the listener in a glowing, gentle sea of sound.

On this release, Pearce shows his willingness to embrace a wide variety of compositional styles. United by their austere simplicity, these diverse pieces flow together beautifully for an entrancing journey."

(rated **** out of 5 stars)
--Ujamaa's Ambient Experience


"This morning I got up at 6.30 and the streets were all dark and a bit of snow fell during the night. I went to work by train and I played this Jeff Pearce CD on my walkman. Slowly the night turned into grey daylight. It remained darkish as the landscape went by. Time went by. Time went by quick, 72 minutes were over before I knew. The music of Pearce matched fine with both time of the day and the non-existent light outside. His guitar as ambient are flowing as nice as the train through a dark, Dutch landscape, with lights of cities passing by. No disturbance, no delay, just a fine relaxing mood of listening to these flows, intercepted by train bumps. With eyes closed, with eyes open - darkness turning light everywere. Just beautiful. "
--Frans DeWaard, Vital E-Zine, Staalplaat, The Netherlands