Benjamin Warfield is a scientific researcher and musician living in Philadelphia. Also, he is a friend of mine and that makes me even more proud to announce that a couple of weeks ago he released an album. Entitled Songs of Light and Dust, the LP is eight free-floating tracks of electronic wonderment inspired by space travel and the biological need for both light and darkness. “Music for planetariums“, indeed! I would suggest meditating or doing some deep breathing exercises while playing this…there are some literally out-of-this-world vibes going on with here as the tracks celebrate, mourn, warn, and generally serve to create a clear picture of We Are Not Alone. Like Stars of the Lid and Cluster (both cited as inspirations), Mr. Warfield’s songs have a subtle but very real emotional affect, building with patience, changing keys seemingly at random allowing the buoyant tones to alternate between sounding life-threatening and life-affirming. I have listened to this album writing my last few posts and I am looking forward to listening to it a whole lot more. Way to go, Ben!
Give the album a listen over at Data Garden, who also released the album.