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Introducing… Greg Dallas & Jan Esbra

When pianos and guitars transform into magical harps.

Part of The Slow Music Movement record label, Greg Dallas & Jas Esbra have teamed up to create some of the most exotic-sounding ambient music I’ve heard in a long time. Greg and Jas have enjoyed musical admiration and friendship for over a decade. When approaching their collaborative album, they decided on a seven day retreat to explore music and sound together. This resulted in “Confluence”, a distillation of various 20-30 minute jam sessions using their synth, piano, two guitars and a bucket of pedals and effects to explore a meditative, communal sound.

Taking “Sea Foam”, their new single, I genuinely did not believe there was a guitar in sight. Instead, I thought the entire thing was built around dulcimers and harps because that’s what the track sounds like. Greg Dallas & Jan Esbra twist and envelope their instruments into kaleidoscopic energetic streams of harp glissandos. Somewhere between Bjork’s b-side “Foot Soldier” and a Heinali modular synth explosion, the track is utterly beautiful and mesmerising to listen to. I also have no idea where all the sounds originate from and I think that secret is part of its appeal.

Enjoy the video for “Sea Foam” below. The single is out now. “Confluence” is released on the 17th of November and is available to pre-order now.

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