This is the first of David's albums I have purchased and really listened to. It is indeed a creative space music album mixing found sounds and voices with electronic music. Definitely right in the pocket for my tastes...
Favorite track: Isotropic Epilogue.
"David Gerard's latest ambient album is ethereal, ghostly"
- Bandcamp New & Notable, August 2nd, 2020
"Factory Reset is like an aerial view of the turbulence taking place worldwide, in this terrible time as we witness the unfolding of the human occupation of our fragile planet.
David's music traverses experiences of beauty, darkness, hesitation - from consciousness to subconsciousness to darkness lingering on the verge of despair.
Like other profound recordings which have preceded it, Factory Reset is more than an immersive experience - it demands repeated listening to fully appreciate the subtle nuances and haunting soundscapes created."
- review by Pete Swinton
Factory Reset began (conceptually speaking) as a project whereupon I had planned to revisit previous material, and reinvent or 'reset' it in a different aural environment. Then the pandemic happened.
Much of what continues to transpire, both troubles and tortures me: between the slow rise of domestic fascism, strained race relations and police violence, and the erosion of civil liberties, I realized I could not give birth to just another concept album. I wanted to say something, sharing the undercurrent of portension which seems a global phenomenon.
The album opens with the bucolic "Sun Is Shining", then progresses through several moods: anxiety, insomnia, foreboding, and yes, perhaps even a dystopian narrative - as told in the aptly titled "Sheltered (In Place)." The album's "Reprise" is more of a cautionary tale than a definitive ending, but various signposts occur throughout this aural suite of compositions - perhaps subtly, although no less trenchant.
Independence Day, 2020
From the Lockdown Capital region.
released July 4, 2020
David Gerard - ambient & virtual guitars, piano, synthesis, harmonium, string & voice arrangements, foley effects, front and back cover design
Dan Kupka - narrator on 7,8,11
Clare Demer - vocals on 6
"DCD - Harmonium" is dedicated to Brendan Perry & Lisa Gerrard
"Music Box/Insomniac's Dream" dedicated with love to Mark Dyer
"Isotropic Epilogue" features an element taken from "Isotropic"
"Elusive Dreaming" features an element taken from "Pt. IV: Lucid Dreaming" - respective copyrights 2009/2010.