On Agate or Barium, David Norland is able to establish a compelling instrumental effort. Building an entire landscape with pianos and rising strings, Norland generates a cogent narrative. Spontaneous sections are buttressed well with more deliberate, piano heavy movements. While the effort concludes a hair over the three-minute mark, the composition will remain in one’s brain for much longer than that. It’s always impressive when an instrumental artist is able to do more than even the most verbose performers. Perfect to strap a pair of headphones and vibe out, Agate or Barium will whet appetites nicely until Norland creates more music.
David Norland “Agate or Barium” / Domain /