I received this album a couple of weeks ago and didn't really know what to expect apart from the fact that it was comprised of acoustic instruments and recorded with 5.1 Multichannel DSD in mind. Since I really don't do MC music, I was hoping that the Stereo mix would be worthwhile and I can't say that I'm disappointed. There is very nice sound staging, separation of instruments and plenty of air and studio ambiance.
Now, to the music. Since I'm not a musician and since I'm not really a big 'folk music' proponent, my comments need to be taken in context. I do have more than a few titles from this genre and I'd say that this is a very 'relaxing' disc to listen too. You might not break it out at your next frat party kegger, but on a slow, sleepy Sunday morning, while having coffee and reading the paper, it's just the ticket, in my opinion.
Of the tracks I call my favorites, we have Something About You - a nice blending of acoustic and electric guitars, kind of reminding me of slide guitar, but hey, I said that I'm no musician. The sing-songy vocals compliment the music nicely.
We then move into probably my favorite song, actually the first of two 'two-parters'--Half An Hour Away. The song reminds me of some old Irish titles that I have, musically at least. The music has almost a haunting sound to it and it's one that I play quite often.
Finally, my next favorite is the title track - The Window - the other two-parter and one having an 'intro' that is kind of spacey. Like Half An Hour Away, it is somewhat brooding and has a somewhat melancholy tone, musically, which suits me fine.
All in all, I don't think that anyone will be disappointed in this release and it does have some historical value to it, being the first independently financed/produced DSD release. Also, the packaging is first rate and a lesson to others wanting to record their Art - it can be done and done quite nicely.
My hats off to David Elias and I know that 'we' all wish him strong sales and the best of luck.
Muzik Reviewz -
David Elias and his album 'The Window' is the most spectacular and superb piece of art I have ever heard. Like a fine painting, he has taken and put all the strokes of the brush to the canvas and the outcome of this is the production of 'The Window'.
An Art collecting friend once commented that every home should have at least one piece of art in it, that is when you come to appreciate the talents, love, and energy that an artist puts into his work. Well, Folks! This is that piece of art you need, and believe you will appreciate every second, every minute, every instrument, every verse, every lyric.
David has the most unusual voice I have ever come across, he has a softness yet almost angelic-like sound and at the same time he brings in a bit of raspy tones. You can not help but fall in love with his voice. David Elias totally grabbed my heart and soul with his vocals, instruments, and lyrics. What an awesome experience.....
There is NOT one part of this album that is NOT done with professionalism. The musicianship that is responsible for the success of this splendid recording is:
David Elias - guitar, vocal, harmonica.....Sally Van Meter - dobro, weissenborn, lap steel.....Matt Flinner - mandolin, bouzouki.....Ross Martin - electric and baritone guitars.....Eric Thorin - upright bass.....Marc Dalio - drums and percussion.....John Magnie - accordion and keyboards. We can not let this review go without mentioning the excellent Producing by David Elias and KC Groves....and the DSD Recording by Gus Skinas.
Each musician did super work on this album and deserves to be commended for giving their 'TOTALLY ALL' to this project. The engineering is outstanding and of course, this is not your typical standard album. It is based on a new high-resolution recording technology called DSD.
I truly loved every single song on this album, but the one that really pulled me in was the title track 'The Window', with all the instruments I was totally astounded at the outstanding clarity of each one. It grabbed me and took me away. I closed my eyes and honestly felt like I was right there in the studio. And with vocals like David Elias possesses, it's not hard to be taken away, believe me.
I can not say enough about this cd and the musicianship that is involved. Let me put it this way before bringing this review to a close if David Elias and those involved in the creation of this masterpiece, David Elias and his 'The Window' Crew would walk away with every single music award possible in every single category. That is how strong I feel about the making of this excellent written, engineered, instrumental expertise, and the talents, energy, stamina, and love for his music that David Elias has within his being.
Please do yourself a humongous favor, take a listen and then purchase the Art Masterpiece of Music that you need.
Home Theater Forum
I would like to give my props to David Elias, an independent singer and songwriter who took an acoustic folk band and recorded it in a studio, pure DSD including mixing.
This DSD recording sounds extremely good. Normally I don't pay attention to folk but the music, in addition to the high recording fidelity, is very nice.
High Fidelity Review -
The detail of the instruments and vocals on the album are outstanding and really show what a well made high-resolution album can sound like.
This one is bound to be a favorite of folk music and bluegrass fans as well as DSD fans who want to listen to a well-recorded album with fine music.