Something that has always struck me as incredibly powerful is visiting a busy place I have previously only seen in the day, at night.
The contrast between noisy crowds endlessly streaming passed and an unbroken stillness is a difficult thing to articulate, let alone to encapsulate in a song.
It is a testament to Dan Rochester’s talent that he so effortlessly seems to manage just this with his debut self-titled EP.
Through the use of a few layers of acoustic guitar (and occasionally some subtle bass), Dan has crafted four songs full of sweeping melodies and satisfying harmonies.
By abstaining from the use of vocals, he strengthens the connection between his music and the serenity of night. Similarly, the lack of any catchy lead guitar lines or foot-tapping percussion only focuses the intensity of his intricate fingerstyle guitar play and seamless arrangements.
With every moment of our lives seemingly integrated with one app or another, it is increasingly difficult to switch off and find a moment of peace. I think ‘Dan Rochester’ acts as a much-needed catalyst for such peace.
It is the kind of music that demands the listener to be present: its almost meditative effect pulls you into the moment and then when it is done it releases you, allowing you to rejoin the hustle and bustle feeling refreshed.
For further information about the release, and to hear more from Dan, please contact him now at Facebook.com/Danrochestermusic.