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Rural Renewal

by Gerhard Daum

The new CD Rural Renewal from Gerhard Daum features 12 contemporary instrumental compositions for guitars and strings. Please enjoy and stay tuned!
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Best Friends
2:32 $1.29
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2. Indian Summer
3:29 $1.29
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3. Rural Renewal
2:59 $1.29
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4. Gentle Rain
3:37 $1.29
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5. Heartland
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6. Safe Haven
1:58 $1.29
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7. Smooth Sailing
2:42 $1.29
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8. Early Sunrise
2:24 $1.29
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9. Time and River
2:33 $1.29
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10. Serene
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11. Scenic Route
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12. Hidden Valley
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
12 contemporary compositions for guitars and strings, influenced by classical and folk music. Inspiring, sensitive and emotional. Guitars and piano performed by Gerhard Daum. Please enjoy and thanks for listening!

"Eschewing the relaxing "norm" for painting sonic portraits of nature, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Gerhard Daum spreads his composing and performing talent across a wide and deep landscape on Rural Renewal. I heard echoes of such diverse albums as Craig Chaquico's Acoustic Highway, David Arkenstone's Sketches from an American Journey and Eric Tingstad's Southwest and Mississippi. That's already quite a pedigree and there's a lot more going on here than just those comparisons. That this slice of musical Americana would come from a native German is yet another "marvel" on this marvelous release."
Bill Binkelman Zone Music Reporter

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Candice Michelle

Warmly melodic, acoustic ensemble music
Gerhard Daum is a German multi-instrumentalist who’s composed music for film and TV, as well as toured through Europe with his jazz and rock ensemble called Gerhard Daum Quartet. Having formerly lived and travelled in the United States before returning to Berlin, Daum’s latest album, Rural Renewal, draws its inspiration from both the natural scenery and personal experiences of having lived in both countries. An acoustic ensemble album in the contemporary instrumental genre, the compositions incorporate guitar, violin, piano, midi-keyboard and computer programming throughout – with Sarah Piorkowsky and Till Handrick providing additional violin solos on a couple of tracks. Comprised of twelve, all-instrumental compositions spanning approximately thirty-four minutes, most of the songs clock-in at under three minutes, while all them are less than four minutes duration.

“Best Friends” initially opens the album with plucking keyboard effects that soon unfolds into a festive and warmly upbeat ensemble comprised of acoustic guitar, violin and drums, as a picturesque overview of woodlands and countryside immediately springs to mind. Following next is “Indian Summer” – a slower-paced number and one of my favorites. Here a warm, echoing twang is emitted on the guitar, as it beautifully blends among accompanying violin and a smoothly steady drumbeat. The title piece, “Rural Renewal”, ensues with more classical-tinged guitar and violins that jointly lend it a subtle renaissance flair, as thundering distant drums seemingly feel evocative of travelling along a winding mountain road.

Songs like “Gentle Rain” and “Smooth Sailing” skew a bit more exotic with their subtle world percussive undercurrents and romantic Mediterranean overtones. In subtle contrast, other pieces such as “Heartland” and “Early Sunrise” are seasoned with more Americana flavors that’s characterized by twangier guitar licks and steady soft-rock rhythms, as classical strings imbue them with a touch of graceful elegance.

Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, fans especially of warmly melodic, acoustic ensemble music that’s equally rejuvenating and relaxing – while possessing just the right amount of stylistic variety to keep things interesting – will certainly find much to appreciate on this album!
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Kathy Parsons

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I thought I had my “Favorite Albums of 2017” list all figured out, and then along came an unassumingly-titled album called "Rural Renewal" from an artist I hadn’t heard of (Gerhard Daum), and WHAM! - a change or two to the list needs to be made! What a fantastic album this is! Gerhard Daum is a German composer and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist with an impressive background in soundtrack music for films and television as well as in composing music as a solo artist and releasing it on his own label. Daum spent a year in Hollywood hoping to break in as a film composer in the US, but returned to Germany, where he currently lives. If this album falls into the right hands, I think we’ll be hearing a LOT more from Gerhard Daum! The compositions, the production, and the performance are all just about perfect and need to be heard!

The introductory materials I have read describe "Rural Renewal" as “a new vision of music that speaks of escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, of plugging back into nature, and retreating to the sanctuary of forests, glens, prairies and mountains.” Ho hum - how new age! WRONG! This music absolutely sparkles and, although Daum says this music was influenced by American and European folk and classical music, many of the twelve tracks seem to personify Americana. The last time I was this excited about a predominantly guitar album was a couple of years ago when I reviewed Eric Tingstad’s Mississippi. Each track on the album tells a different story and Daum chose a variety of guitars for their individual sounds. He also performs on piano and orchestrated the music for a peaceful yet full and rich sound. Guest violinists perform on three tracks.

"Rural Renewal" begins with “Best Friends,” a warm and inviting opener that immediately grabs your attention. Like that time of year, “Indian Summer” has a lazy pace, but is utterly gorgeous! The title track begins as a violin solo and evolves into a darker, somewhat more mysterious piece for violin, guitar, and percussion. “Gentle Rain” is sublimely peaceful with acoustic guitar, strings, light percussion, and piano - no actual rain sounds needed, as Daum captured the feeling instrumentally. “Heartland” nails the spirit of Americana and paints a vivid picture of open spaces, heat, dust and the people who work the land. “Safe Haven” expresses a buoyant joy and excitement. “Smooth Sailing” is a bit more melancholy and poignant and is one of my many favorites on this album! “Time and River” gently flows at a magical pace that is both sparkling and blissful. “Serene” is almost like floating on a fluffy white cloud, completely free and at peace.

What a fantastic album "Rural Renewal" is and what a joy to discover the music of Gerhard Daum! Be sure to check this one out! I give it my highest recommendation!
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