2023 / Fallingfoot Records
Review by Kathy Parsons
Ever So is David Lindsay's fourth guitar album recorded at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios, following Nightbound (2015), Last Passing of Summer (2018) and High Wind Blue Sky (2021). The eleven original tracks include acoustic guitar solos, duets, trios and one quartet that feature Ackerman (lead guitar), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Jill Haley (English horn), Noah Wilding (vocals) and Michael Manring (bass guitar and fretless bass) in various combinations. As was true of Lindsay's previous albums, the music is understated, very soulful and deeply heartfelt, providing a very welcome escape from the stress and worries that affect us all.
David Lindsay lives in Toronto, Canada and started playing the guitar at the age of eight. A life-long musician, his music is a synthesis of his classical guitar and lute background, celebrating and honoring the human spirit.
Ever So begins with the title track, which features Ackerman and Lindsay on guitar, and Manring on bass. A warm and wistful daydream of a piece, it gently sets the quiet mood of the album. "Free To Be" brings in Charlie Bisharat and his violin (always a wonderful addition!) to create a quartet that is smooth, relaxed and very soothing. "To The Northland" is a duet for guitar (Lindsay) and English horn (Haley), another duo made in heaven! Very open and expressive, I find the music to be haunting and still - love it! "Sweet Sorrows" is a solo that serves as something of a soliloquy. Expressed in both major and minor keys, it's a very beautiful study in contrasts that stays consistently subtle from beginning to end. "A Love Song" is another duet for guitar and English horn. Inspired by a father's love and gratitude for two wonderful daughters, the piece overflows with warmth and tender emotion. The very ambient "In a Forest" is a trio for guitar, voice (Wilding) and English horn that (to me) expresses a sense of wonder, peace and solitude. Much of the six-minute piece is solo guitar with passages that are duets with the other two artists. Although I love the whole album, "Ghost Dance" is my favorite track. A trio with Bisharat and Wilding, poignant feelings of sadness and mystery draw me in every time I hear it - exceptional! "Under the Rain" begins with a quiet guitar solo, adding Wilding's voice and Bisharat's violin a little before the half-way point of the track. Very open, relaxed and tinged with melancholy, it's a great brain and mind soother! The closing piece is a reprise of the title track, this time as a lovely guitar solo.
Ever So is another great album from David Lindsay! It is available from David's website as a CD, from Amazon and Apple Music/iTunes as a digital download and to stream, and from many streaming platforms including Spotify. Very highly recommended for moments when quiet acoustic guitar music can soothe and relax as well as uplift the spirit. Both thumbs up!
December 12, 2023