D-Squared | Big Sky Full O' Dumb Stars

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Big Sky Full O' Dumb Stars

by D-Squared

A personal cosmography for harp, guitar, voice.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Sky Full O' Dumb Stars
4:36 $0.99
2. Vera's Moon
3:06 $0.99
3. Ice Crystals
3:24 $0.99
4. I Will Wash My Eyes
4:52 $0.99
5. Sparrows Falling
2:11 $0.99
6. Chop Wood, Carry Water
4:38 $0.99
7. In Planck Time
4:52 $0.99
8. Little Pieces
4:27 $0.99
9. Juggling Feathers
3:00 $0.99
10. 9 fer Yesterday
4:58 $0.99
11. Luna
3:08 $0.99
12. As Silent Stars Go By
3:20 $0.99
13. Buckeye Jim
8:02 $0.99
14. Talkin' to the Rocks
2:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
I am always on the lookout for people who are doing something different and innovative on the harp and I think
D-Squared has discovered a whole new breadth of expression for the instrument. Deb Gessner’s harp interweaves gracefully with Don Charles’ guitar and vocals, to create a new sound on the face of the singer/songwriter scene. The result is a stark and hypnotic landscape of sound deftly drawing the picture of the great Southwest, their home. In their music, this duo from Arizona has chosen to tackle tough issues and the meaning of it all. The result is well worth checking out.

Big Sky Full O’ Dumb Stars continues where the first recording left off ("matter of life & death"). Featuring original songs that explore the sometimes bizarre, sometimes intense environment of what we call life, D-Squared manages to capture the humor as well as the joy and the pain. Their love of music shines through on this recording.

There is a wider diversity of sounds on this second recording although the harp still features prominently on many of the tunes. When it is a featured instrument, it is deftly used to provide variety to the music. Small harp riffs keep the music interesting, without overpowering the subtleties created by the varying sounds. Along with the harp, guitar and well-blended vocals are occasional uses of tenor banjo, mandolin, psaltery, accordion, concertina, harmonica and percussion.

D -Squared advertises itself as being “Chamberfolk with a twist.” This description seems adequate, but incomplete. There is a certain chamber quality to the instrumentation — a delicate balance of strings and things carefully blended to create the atmosphere of the music. The vocals add a completely different dimension, however, bringing in a bit of an Simon and Garfunkel feel. Unusual, unclassifiable tunes such as Sparrows Falling, a prayer of a mother as her only son departs from home, keep the music haunting — familiar and avant-garde all at the same time. It is this untenable mystique that makes this music worth investigating. — Jo Morrison, Folk Harp Journal

“… the ultimate convergence of artists, songs and technology … balancing the fragility of their sound with the power of their lyric …” Ron Simpson, Mix Magazine

This CD ranks very very very high among my favorites. Don and Deb are among the most talented human beings on the face of Earth as we know it. I treasure my own personal copy.
-Melody Music 4/2010



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