Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Album Spotlight: High Wind Blue Sky by David Lindsay

Review by Abdul Yamani

Composer and guitarist David Lindsay is an artist known for his simple and distinctive style. His soothing melodies seem to have a natural ability to deposit a sense of peacefulness in the heart of the listener and calm the soul.

David’s vast repertoire of compositions have been featured on radio and television throughout North America, Great Britain, Europe, and Australia, with two of his previous album releases having garnered award nominations.

For his latest album High Wind Blue Sky, David called on an impressive ensemble of well-known and established musicians to complement his talents, such as Grammy Award winner Eugene Friesen on cello, multi-instrumentalist Jill Haley on English horn, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Jeff Haynes on percussion, nu-jazz trumpet player Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, and Tom Eaton on piano and bass.

Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records and owner of Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont where the album was produced, provides beautiful acoustic guitar leads. The album, High Wind Blue Sky offers a moment of pause from the distraction and noise of our present world. Poignant tracks like "Slow Walk Home", "Birds", "A Summer’s Breeze", "Little Wing" and "Sea Swells" take the listener on a ruminative walk on the shore of the imagination. David’s guitar strings are like the waves that caress your feet as they gently imprint your thoughts on the soft warm sand. Wordless female vocals, courtesy of Noah Wilding, also an accomplished artist, sweep you away in the tracks “Slow Walk Home” and “Sea Swells”. The beautiful song arrangements, acoustic arpeggios, airy vocals, musical sequence, and sublime harmonics all perfectly come together, masterfully creating a colorful motif of reflection and serenity.

Sweet feelings of love, joy and gratitude come through from an adoring father to his child in “For Margot”, a song David wrote for his daughter. Memories envelope the listener as songs of friendship and time tenderly conclude the album.

~Abdul Yamani for Aural Awakenings

For more information please visit the artist's website. High Wind Blue Sky is also available at Amazon and more.