One World Radio interview with Davol
Posted on 15 May 2013 by admin
Bruce Gall of U.K.'s One World Radio will be devoting an entire Atmospheres show to the music of Davol, including an extensive interview. The broadcast is slated for Tuesday, July 4, 10:00 pm (UK time). That would be 2:00 pm California time. Listen live here.
Check out WAV JAZZ.net
Posted on 22 Nov 2012 by admin
Internet smooth jazz station WAV JAZZ often plays tracks by Davol. Listen here.
Listen to The Morning Breeze 24/7
Posted on 05 Oct 2012 by admin
DJ Thornton, the angel of all angels for independent artists, now has a new site for her Morning Breeze program. Check it out! TheMorningBreeze.org
Interview on Astreaux World
Posted on 04 Jun 2012 by admin
I recently had the opportunity to be a featured on Jim Ellis's show Astreaux World on PRX.
Radio Interview with Terry James Hawke
Posted on 23 Mar 2012 by admin
Ultralight video of the California coast
Posted on 28 Jan 2012 by admin
I recently received a message from an ultralight pilot who created a video using the song "Say It". It's quite an experience to see the Ventura county coastline from the driver's seat of an ultralight! Click here to watch the video.
New CD Baby Widget
Posted on 03 Jun 2011 by admin
The new CD Baby widget allows quick access to the entire Davol catalog. Listen to samples, purchase directly.
Astreaux World Top 10
Posted on 05 Apr 2011 by admin
2010 ZMR Music Nominees
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by admin
Zone Music Reporter has nominated Good Sign in the category of Best Chill/Groove album of 2010.
Good Sign in "Bill's Best of 2010"
Posted on 22 Feb 2011 by admin
Music reviewer Bill Binkelman has compiled his "top 20 albums of 2010" and Good Sign is in there.
Awareness Magazine Review
Posted on 12 Jan 2011 by admin
Southern California's Holistic Living magazine, Awareness, has posted a review of Good Sign in their Jan/Feb 2011 issue, page 47.
Kathy's Favorite Albums of 2010
Posted on 05 Jan 2011 by admin
Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com has posted her favorite 25 albums of 2010. Good Sign is on her list!!!
ZoneMusicReporter Official Review
Posted on 28 Nov 2010 by admin
RJ Lannan gave a great review to Good Sign on the ZoneMusicReporter site.
Posted on 21 Nov 2010 by admin
There is a really nice review of Good Sign on the Circles of Light personal development blog.
Good Sign on XM and Sirius
Posted on 07 Nov 2010 by admin
Good Sign is now being played on XM Spa 72 and Sirius Spa 73 channels.
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
Good Sign on the Radio Chart
Posted on 18 Jul 2010 by admin
Good Sign has been #2 on the Zone Music report for both May and June!!!
Online interview with Davol
Posted on 05 Jul 2010 by admin
New Reviews of Good Sign
Posted on 03 Jun 2010 by admin
A number of really nice reviews have just come out:
I’ve been a fan of Davol since the late 1980’s when I first heard his debut album “Mystic Waters,” which made it to #15 on the Billboard New Age Chart, and remained on the charts for 25 weeks. The music from his albums has been used worldwide in TV, radio, video and multimedia productions. This Denver-based electronic music composer has come a long way since getting his first Moog synthesizer at the age of 13, and in my opinion is on equal ground with some of the pioneers of this genre that he idolized in his early days.
Perhaps it is a cliche to call something “feel good,” but that’s exactly what Davol’s “Good Sign” is. It is bright, bouncy, upbeat, and hits you like the sun breaking through on a cloudy day. Electronic music comes in many flavors, some with elements of classical, rock, deep space, techno, etc. Davol’s instrumental compositions display influences of pop and perhaps a touch of smooth jazz that gives it the accessible, uplifting ambience that it has. The music has the unique quality of being both relaxing and energizing at the same time - a perfect balance of yin and yang.
Every song on the CD is excellent, and I particularly enjoyed his use of sonic accents - the little electronic sparkles, wooshes, cymbal swells, and arpeggios that appear out of the mix and add an air of magic to the soundscape. This is the seventh of Davol’s outstanding albums, and perhaps his best yet.
Michael Diamond, Awareness Magazine
As a music fan I simply adore artists that are just there, producing the best music imaginable - year out and year in - and not making any fuss about it. Artists that are simply doing their thing. The best example is of course Tangerine Dream, who has been around since 1967 and still is the most creative and active group out there. Another artist that can be mentioned in the same breath as TD (I am sure Edgar Froese would agree), is Davol. His brand new album is called Good Sign. And yes, it is a very good sign indeed!
Davol was born in Hollywood, CA in 1961, and currently lives in Denver. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 in Microbiology. In the same year he debuted as a new age music artist with the album Mystic Waters. His songs Appaloosa and Hand In Mine are among the most popular and highest rated songs on New Age Stars radio. Now in February he has released his sixth album Good Sign. So this is not an artist that releases albums every second month; no, every synth note is carefully placed.
Good Sign is a 8 track long album. One of the songs, the surprisingly political Truth 2010, has been released before as a single (but this is a new mix, hence the 2010 in the name). The ingredients that made Davol’s previous releases so great are all here; the carefully crafted synth melodies and the positive, upbeat atmosphere. This is Davol’s trademark, no one out there does it better. My favorite track is track 3, Going There. But also Stay and Goodnight are new Davol classics.
B.T. Fasmer, New Age Music News
While Good Sign falls into the 'new age' classification I think anyone with a liking for good instrumental music and/or electronic music will enjoy this new album by Davol. A new artist, to me, it came as a pleasant surprise that the album was full of gorgeous melodies and gently shifting rhythms. I think Good Sign would equally be at home played by any club dj in their chill room. Track titles are: Scarborough Days, Good Sign, Going There, Nautikos, A Place Here, Truth 2010, Stay, Goodnight. Davol is Davol Tedder, a wizard of multiple keyboards, brought up on the music of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis - a pedigree that resonates strongly with me as they are my favourite musicians as well. You may hear some of these influences in the music but they are extremely restrained and the music on this CD is all Davol. The overall feel of the music on Good Sign is good vibes but without the hammerhead beats that make dance music so boring and wearing on the ears and brain. It is also rather pleasant to find an album without some sort of agenda such as spiritual renewal or discovering your karma! This is just a collection of well written tunes played with wit and humour, and great musicality. I really rate Davol and Good Sign - it's one of my albums of the year and is going into my musical collection.
John M. Peters, The Borderland
Good Sign is the sixth release from electronic musician/composer Davol, but it’s a first for me - something I plan to rectify very soon! Davol combines electronic and acoustic instrumental sounds as well as pop and new age stylings, creating a unique and distinctive musical voice. Listening to Good Sign is as pleasantly intoxicating as lounging in warm sunshine with a wispy breeze blowing through your hair. That doesn’t mean the music doesn’t have any muscle or complexity - the rhythms are prominent, but the pace is leisurely, creating a feel-good mood and atmosphere. Davol’s music is the perfect antidote to the bad news we are being bombarded with every day. Life is, indeed, good, and Davol’s music is a wonderful reminder. The production quality is also a cut above with sounds that are clean, full, and precise yet warm and inviting. My one-word summation of Good Sign is “Wow!” with both thumbs up and a big smile on my face!
Good Sign begins with “Scarborough Days,” a smooth and easy-going piece that catches your attention and then invites you to ease into a happy daydream. The title track envelops you in warm sounds and suggests the feeling of floating on a cloud, just drifting along and enjoying every moment. “Going There” picks up the pace a little bit, layering guitar sounds with a catchy rhythm, keyboard melody, and atmospheric sounds. “Nautikos” is a favorite. Organ, electric piano, guitars, and ambient electronic sounds suggest the motion, mystery, and majesty of the ocean as light dances lightly on the waves. “Truth 2010” is a remix from an online video project and EP, and is available for the first time on CD here. It is the most energetic and danceable track on the CD, conveying an adventurous, freewheeling spirit and a strong sense of fun. I really love this one! “Goodnight” begins as a duet for guitar and piano, introducing the beautiful melody and setting a gentle mood. Layers of other instruments are added, but the piece remains a sweet and soothing lullaby. Simply lovely!
If you are new to Davol’s music, as I was, be sure to check it out! I’m sure longtime fans will also be more than pleased with this excellent CD. Samples are available at www.davolmusic.com. CDs and downloads are available from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Highly recommended!
Kathleen Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
When you hear New Age Contemporary Instrumental music having great rhythms and a wonderful upbeat atmosphere expertly blended with beautiful electronic melodies, this may be a promising sign you are listening to one of many quality songs produced by Davol. The title song, Good Sign, will brush a dark cloudy day away for anyone and promptly replace it with a bright sunshiny day full of color simply by the rich interwoven keyboard melody. Nautikos is another favorite by displaying a natural sophistication and contemporary elegance given the positively upbeat keyboard melody blending notes to perfection.
Davol has exceeded his artistic intentions with Good Sign ...
... innovative quality music accented with inspiring drama.
John P. Olsen, NewAgeMusicWorld.com
This is an absolute MUST for any CD collection!!
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)
Astreaux World on Live365.com
Posted on 08 May 2010 by admin
Astreaux World internet radio is playing a number of cuts from Good Sign these day.
Click here to check it out.
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.
The best retailer for buying CDs of independent artists
Posted on 25 Mar 2010 by admin
For many years now, CD Baby has provided a superlative purchasing experience for customers wanting to buy physical CDs of independent artists’ music. Their business practices optimize things for both for the customer and the musician. Their inventory system and low margins actually make it possible for independent artists to make a little money off of CD sales online. That may be surprising news to many, but the inventory practices and margins of the big-name retailers often make for a “break even” experience for the artist. And the inventory system of CD Baby allows for a more rapid shipment of product to you, the consumer. CD Baby also offers MP3 downloads to round out their comprehensive services.
So, check out CD Baby if you’re interested in buying CDs of independent artists. AND, they have a sense of humor, as you will learn from the funny little emails they send regarding your order :-)
Posted on 28 Feb 2010 by admin
Marie Michaels interviewed Davol on her Music Beyond Words show Feb 28, 2010.
Click here to listen to the recorded broadcast.
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.
Jazz 90.1 in Rochester
Posted on 22 Jan 2010 by admin
Rip Savage has been spinning Davol tracks regularly during his Jazz Horizons and Fusion show. Tune in here.
New Davol videos
Posted on 27 Oct 2009 by admin
"Zrnho", from Manchester, has created other-worldly computer graphic videos of many instrumental artists' music, all available on YouTube. Thank you Zrnho!! Here are a couple to get you started: Truth, Aquus
Davol on PANDORA
Posted on 27 Feb 2009 by admin
It's finally happened!!! "A Day Like No Other", "Open Book", and "Paradox" are now in the Pandora catalog. Start streaming audio from this free internet music service that "learns" the kinds of music you enjoy listening to and creates your own "station". They have recently released an iPhone version as well.
Click here to get started on Pandora.com
NightSounds on KACU
Posted on 13 Nov 2008 by admin
A steadfast supporter of the Davol catalog, Kyle McAlister offers some fantastic radio programming in Abilene, TX.
Click here for more information and listen live
Davol in iTunes Essentials
Posted on 13 Nov 2008 by admin
TRUTH in Great Britain
Posted on 29 Jun 2008 by admin
"Truth" has made it to the U.K. Bruce Gall has given it airplay on his Synth Sunday show at ARFM. Thanks Bruce!
Click here for details about his show