Take a little trip
Posted on 18 May 2015 by admin
If you're looking for a nice chillout mix, check out Candice Michelle's Live365 stream "Journeyscapes." It will take you places and calm your mind.
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Wind & Wire Review of Little Blue
Posted on 09 Feb 2015 by admin
Inveterate music reviewer Bill Binkelman has put together a thoughtful review of Little Blue.
Click here to read his impressions.
Visit with Renee Blanche of Night Tides
Posted on 29 Oct 2014 by admin
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Renee Blanche of KCUR when I was in Kansas City. We had a great visit and I learned more about her program, Night Tides, which she started 20 years ago. Thanks Renee for all you do for independent artists!
Click here for more info on her show.
Interview with DJ Thornton at KSBR studios
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by admin
DJ and I had a nice visit last weekend in the KSBR studios, Mission Viejo, CA.
Click here to listen.
Max Seigal's photography for new DAVOL EP
Posted on 31 Aug 2014 by admin
Renowned Boulder photographer Max Seigal created the captivating image for the new Davol EP Little Blue. It is entitled Sea of Dreams. His work has been recognized by National Geographic and widely published.
Click here to check out Max's stunning images.
And here for his Facebook page.
Review of Good Sign from Bill Binkelman
Posted on 25 Aug 2010 by admin
If there’s an artist who is better at crafting irresistible hook-laden electronic keyboard music than Davol, I haven’t heard him or her. The guy is a like a chill-out/electronica hit-making machine. If his type of music ever returned to the commercial airwaves, he’d own the top 40 in this genre. Oh well, in another world, I guess. Now, let’s get on to the matter at hand.
As a follow-up to his acclaimed A Day Like No Other, Good Sign trumps that recording’s already high standard, which is really saying something since A Day Like…was a damn fine CD. Good Sign dials up the catchy refrains to an almost addictive level while inducing so much toe-tapping and finger-snapping that listening to this on headphones in a library would almost guarantee being cited for creating a public disturbance. The sheer magnitude of spot-on perfected chillage distributed throughout this album’s eight tracks is staggering. As on all his releases, Davol manages to vary the music from song to song while retaining his signature sound through the employment of his trademark keyboards, which will be recognizable to anyone who has heard his previous releases.
Something new on Good Sign is a little dash of overt electronica elements meshed in with the more mainstream “new age pop instrumental” (which is the artist’s stock-in-trade), most notably on the thumping dance beats of “Truth 2010” and “Stay,” both which could prompt clubbers to hit the floor, I’d imagine. Besides these two tracks, you might spot other new wrinkles in Davol’s modus operandi, although there is simply no mistaking his style. On this CD, though, he’s even more zeroed-in on hitting all the right “notes” than on his previous recordings. Like I stated earlier, Good Sign is chock full a’ hits.
All eight tracks are Davol originals, as they always are on his albums. “Scarborough Days” launches the proceedings with his “patented” sparkling guitar samples and a midtempo shuffling chill-out beat amidst layer upon layer of shimmering iridescent textures and bell tones. The title track opens with a luxurious synth wash buoyed by funky chilled beats and still more assorted keyboards, (headphones will reveal Davol’s sterling production and engineering quality). “Going There” takes the Ryan Farish formula of echoed piano and Enigma-esque beats and infuses it with a variety of swaying guitar textures (the guitar “noises” are from noted artist Peter Maunu, by way of Spectrasonics Bizarre Guitar), and those same kind of beats and piano are also present on “Nautikos” but here the orchestral instrumentation is lush and sensual. After three more tracks, “Goodnight” closes the CD in a gentle vein, with piano and acoustic guitars carrying the load amidst a less dense array of accompanying keyboards and only a subtle rhythm track. It’s a great “wind down” to the album especially since the last two tracks (the aforementioned “Stay” and Truth 2010”) are the highest energy numbers on the album.
It’s really a no-brainer, folks. Good Sign is as good an album of accessible (read: mainstream and pop-structured) electronic keyboard chill-out as you’re going to hear this year from anyone. Davol can still show the newcomers in this genre (as talented as they are) a thing or two. He can cram more hooks and melody into 41 minutes (which Good Sign clocks in at) than many artists can in twice the amount of time. You know my mantra - quality beats quantity every time, and Good Sign brims over with nothing but the best.
Bill Binkelman, Music Reviewer
Zone Music Reporter and New Age Retailer
Album liner notes available for download
Posted on 16 May 2010 by admin
If you have purchased a Davol album via digital download, you might appreciate having a JPG file of the liner notes for it. Here are downloadable files of the CD notes for every album:
Nature of the Beast
A Day Like No Other
Good Sign (inside)
Good Sign (back)
Little Blue (back)
Morning Breeze Cruise with Davol in April
Posted on 21 Apr 2010 by admin
Davol was out on the water with DJ Thornton of KSBR for the Morning Breeze Cruise. It was a beautiful day to be out looking for dolphins and seals with the Ocean Institute at Dana Point. Everyone got to listen to some Davol tunes and visit in the California sun!
Click here to listen to the recording of DJ's interview with Davol.
Radio programmers respond to "Good Sign"
Posted on 28 Feb 2010 by admin
I think GOOD SIGN will be one of my favorite albums and one of the best CDs aired on La Otra Orilla in 2010.
Francisco M. Lopez Herrero, Radio Despi, Barcelona, Spain
I was completely blown away by this album! The CD really shows how you've grown through the years to arrive at this point musically. I love the remix of "Truth", there are so many elements of your past music in there and brought into the present perfectly. To me, this CD is the epitome of "NewAge" music. Congratulations on this album Davol. I will be adding all 8 cuts to the playlist.
Kevin Waterman, The Cosmic Island (Live365.com)
I have the "Good Sign" CD and loooooove it! Night Tides listeners will hear all 8 tracks.
Renee Blanche, KCUR, Kansas City MO
Congrats on a VERY solid follow-up to A Day Like No Other!
Bill Binkelman, ZoneMusic Reporter
Congratulations on another cracking-good album!
Bruce Gall, ARFM Sunday Synth, U.K.
This is the music of an established master.
Serge Kozlovsky Reviews
Everytime I put the CD on to pick a track for my program I end up listening to the entire thing. It's addictive.
Davol in iTunes Essentials
Posted on 13 Nov 2008 by admin